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DANIS, DEFENSE LEAD BARONS PAST CHECKERS, 1-0
By Cassie Gage,
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons won a franchise-best sixth straight game in front of a season-high 6,282 fans Friday night at the Cox Convention Center. Gilbert Brule’s first-period goal proved to be enough for the 1-0 win over the Charlotte Checkers as Yann Danis made 30 saves to record his second shutout of the year. The Barons became the first team in the American Hockey League to eclipse the 10-win mark this year as Oklahoma City moved to 10-2-0-1. Charlotte fell to 8-5-1-0.
Brule put the home team in front 1-0 at the 3:44 mark of the opening period. Brule scored his fourth goal of the year, and Mark Arcobello added his fifth assist of the year. The Barons defense came up big in the opening period, as Danis turned away 12 Charlotte shots.
Despite a scoreless second period, Charlotte continued to put the pressure on Danis. The Checkers put 11 shots on goal in the second to push their two period lead to 23 shots. Each team was assessed two fighting majors in the frame as Triston Grant and Justin Soryal dropped the gloves at 2:57. Colten Teubert and Nicolas Blanchard went at 5:46.
The Barons killed off a holding penalty midway through the period to remain perfect on the penalty kill in the contest. Oklahoma City registered nine shots on goal in the second.
Oklahoma City brought the offensive pressure in the third period. The Barons put 13 shots on goal and held the Checkers to just seven to pull even with 30 shots on goal each for the game. Charlotte went 0-for-4 on the power play to move Oklahoma City’s penalty kill to 10-for 70 (.857) this year.
In addition to Danis’ outstanding performance, the Barons blocked several shots on the night. Danis turned away 30-plus shots for the fourth time this year.
Taylor Chorney made his return to Oklahoma City after being claimed off waivers by Edmonton on Thursday. The defenseman started in his return and was a plus-two with two shots in his return.
Oklahoma City plays host to Charlotte for a second time in two nights Saturday evening with a 7 p.m. contest at the Cox Convention Center.
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