By Cassie Gage, OKC Barons on 03/23/2012

The Oklahoma City Barons got an outstanding performance from goaltender Yann Danis as the Barons downed the Texas Stars 3-1 Friday evening at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons (40-17-4-5) became the first team in the AHL’s Western Conference to reach the 40-win plateau mark this year. The Stars fell to 27-34-2-2.

Kevin Montgomery
broke the scoreless tie at the 13:56 mark of the first period as his wrister found its way behind Jack Campbell to give the Barons a 1-0 lead. It was Montgomery’s second goal of the year with his first coming on Nov. 3 at Abbotsford. The point was his first since recording two assists on New Year’s Day at Houston. Colten Teubert earned his seventh assist of the year with the primary helper on Montgomery’s goal. Magnus Paajarvi recorded his 25th point with the Barons with the secondary assist.

Oklahoma City peppered Campbell putting 15 shots on goal in the frame, while the Barons’ defense held the Stars to just five shots.

Anton Lander
scored his first goal as a member of the Oklahoma City Barons at 10:43 of the second period. Teubert picked up his second assist of the night for his second multiple-point game this year. Teubert scored a goal and had an assist against Texas on Oct. 15. Antti Tyrvainen picked up the secondary assist for his first point since March 2 at Peoria.

Texas’ Mike Hedden cut the Oklahoma City lead in half at 12:39 with an unassisted goal.

Mark Arcobello regained the two-goal advantage for the Barons at 13:05 as he scored his 14th of the year.  Tyler Pitlick netted his 13th assist of the year on the Arcobello goal.

The Barons fought off a late 5-on-3 power play by Texas with outstanding defense from goaltender Danis. Danis turned away a barrage of shots as the Stars closed the shots gap to 28-25 in the period. Texas’ 20 shots on goal in the second were the most by an opponent in a single period this season.

Texas pulled Campbell with just over two minutes remaining in the game but the Stars were unable to add another goal as the Barons secured standing points for an eighth straight game with a 3-1 victory. Texas managed to pull even in the shots department as both teams ended the game with 35 each.

The Barons continue the current three-game homestand this weekend against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Saturday’s puck drop is at 7 p.m. CT, while Sunday’s game begins at 4 p.m. CT inside the Cox Convention Center. Both games air locally on KXY 96.1 FM.

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