The Oklahoma City Barons have inched closer to a Calder Cup Playoff spot with a dominating win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday night. Two goals at just 40 seconds apart in the first period set the tone as Barons shut out the Bulldogs 4-0.
“It helps when you get the goal support and if definitely makes your job easier, but having said that it hasn’t been a sure thing for us whenever we score first,” Barons goalkeeper Yann Danis said about his teams quick start.
Yann Danis faced 24 shots on the night to record his first shut out of the year, but despite the 24 shots, it really wasn’t a busy night.
“No not really, I went long stretches without getting a shot, those types of games are not always easy but I mean, you know you can’t really ask them to give you shots. We did our job, and that is all you can ask for,” Danis said about a quiet night in net.
The Barons have had a late season push picking up points in nine out their last ten games..
Up next for the Barons are the Toronto Marlies on Tuesday night and while the Barons have yet to clinch a playoff birth they know they still have to battle for that final playoff spot.
“We’re playing with a lot of confidence, we knew the last stretch wasn’t going to be easy for the playoff race and its still tight, like you said we have points in nine out of the last ten games and we’re still battling for a playoff spot,” Danis said about the importance of upcoming game against the Marlies on Tuesday night.
The Barons currently sit 7th in the Western Conference with a total of 85 points, their record is 37-24-2-9 with four games remaining. Philippe Cornett, Mark Arcobello, Jonathan Cheechoo, and Toni Rajala scored the goals for the Barons.