By Eric Rodgers, on 04/14/2013

Yann Danis stopped all 24 shots he faced as he secured the first shutout of the season for the Oklahoma City Barons over the Hamilton Bulldogs, 4-0 at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. Mark Arcobello, Jonathan Cheechoo, Philippe Cornet, and Toni Rajala added the goals, as the Barons outshot the Bulldogs 40-24. Danis improves to 24-14-6 on the season, while Jacob Gervais-Chouinard dropped his first decision in his second AHL appearance.

 Two quick goals in the first five minutes gave the Barons a 2-0 lead after the first period. A shot by Jonathan Cheechoo crawled over Gervais-Chouinard and landed in the crease where Philippe Cornet pushed the puck into the goal at 3:41. Thirty seconds later, Mark Arcobello was the recipient of a rebound in the Hamilton crease and he fired it home for the 2-0 score at 4:11. The Barons peppered the goal and Gervais-Chouinard with 18 shots, and Yann Danis made the stops on all seven he saw.

The first penalties of the game came in the second period, with Hamilton getting penalized twice and the Barons once. Hamilton killed off the first, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by Kyle Hagel would open the door for the Barons to score. A pass from Toni Rajala found Cheechoo.  He worked his way around a fallen Bulldogs player and scored from the edge of the crease to make it 3-0 Barons at 9:26. One penalty against the Barons was successfully killed as the Barons outshot the Bulldogs 14-9 in the period.

Toni Rajala added another goal for the Barons at 9:11 of the 3rd to put the Barons up 4-0, stealing the puck in Hamilton’s zone and scoring unassisted. The Barons held the Bulldogs off the scoresheet and Yann Danis stopped eight Hamilton shots in the third to secure the 4-0 shutout win.

Oklahoma City improves to 37-24-2-9 with 85 points to move into sole possession of 7th place in the Western Conference standings. Hamilton falls to a 28-39-1-5 record with the loss.

The Barons power play went 1-for-3 on the night, while the penalty kill denied the Bulldogs on their only chance.

Oklahoma City has now gone eleven straight games where they have picked up a point on the road, going 9-0-0-2 during that span.

The Barons return to action on Tuesday night as they take on the Toronto Marlies in Toronto at 6pm Central time.


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