OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Yann Danis stopped all 30 shots he faced to lead the Oklahoma City Barons to a 4-0 win over the Texas Stars Monday night at Cox Convention Center in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Barons now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 and Game 4 will be played on Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Cox Convention Center.
The Barons had the first significant scoring chance of the opening period when Tyler Pitlick had a breakaway, but he was denied by a fantastic save from Cristopher Nilstorp in the Texas net. The Stars came just inches short of opening the scoring later in the period when Reilly Smith and Brett Ritchie executed a pretty give-and-go passing sequence that led to a Ritchie backhander that got around goalie Yann Danis, but struck squarely off the far right post and went away from the crease.
Oklahoma City used the power play to get on the board in the second period. Two seconds after the Barons’ first man-advantage expired Toni Rajala’s shot from the blue line went through the legs of a screened Nilstorp to put the home team in front 1-0 at 5:26. Anton Lander doubled the score with a power play goal at 12:28, finishing off a three-on-two rush with a shot into the top right corner of the net. The Barons out-shot the Stars 14-8 in the second period and led 2-0 after forty minutes.
Mark Arcobello made it 3-0 Oklahoma City just 4:37 into the third period, which may have been the play that kept Texas from a comeback. The Stars out-shot the Barons 14-6 in the third period, but had no answer for Danis, who continued to pile up saves. Texas pulled Nilstorp with just over four minutes left in regulation for a six-on-four power play advantage. They did not score on the power play and the Barons tacked on one final goal as C.J. Stretch cleared the puck from deep in his own zone and scored on the empty net from approximately 175 feet away at 19:42 of the third.
Yann Danis finished with 30 saves to record his fifth win, and first shutout, of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs in goal for Oklahoma City. Cristopher Nilstorp made some fantastic saves throughout the night and was 27-for-30 overall, but took the loss in net for Texas. The Barons out-shot the Stars 31-30 in the game and went 1-for-4 on the power play. Texas was 0-for-5 with the man-advantage. This was the first time in the 2013 post-season that the Stars had allowed more than two goals in a game, the second time they were shutout and just the second time in seven playoff games that they were out-shot by their opponent.