Five members of the Oklahoma City Barons took part in the 2012 AHL All Star Classic in Atlantic City, NJ. Head coach Todd Nelson led the Western Conference, including Barons forwards Philippe Cornet
and Ryan Keller
, defenseman Alex Plante
and goaltender Yann Danis
. The Western Squad downed the Eastern Squad 8-7 in a shootout.
At one point, Nelson’s Western Division squad trailed 6-2 in the first period. The West would claw their way back into the game and would eventually tie the game at seven. The tie was broken in a shootout. Peoria netminder Ben Bishop stopped all four shooters in the shootout to earn the win. He was named the AHL All Star Classic Most Valuable Player.
Barons goaltender Yann Danis
played the entire second period and stopped all 11 of the shots he faced. He made a key save on an early period snap shot from the slot to propel him to top performance. His shutout in the second period was the first time since the 2005 AHL All Star Game that a goaltender had not allowed a goal. The last player to do that was Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller.
Cornet, a starter in the game, recorded two shots on goal. Keller also recorded two shots on goal and was +1 on the night. Defenseman Alex Plante
, also a starter in the game, recorded one shot and was +2 on the night.
Oklahoma City is back in action with two games later this week. Thursday, the Barons host the San Antonio Rampage. Friday, the Barons host the Charlotte Checkers. Faceoff for both games is 6 p.m. MT at the Cox Convention Center.CLICK HERE FOR BOX SCORE