The Oklahoma City Barons' defense and goal keeping was once again too much for Houston, topping the Aeros 4-1 Friday, taking a two-game advantage in the Calder Cup Playoff opening series.
Yann Dannis was stellar for the Barons yet again, stopping 19 of the 20 Houston shots on the night. The only goal allowed was to Cody Almond in the fourth minute of the third period, already trailing by three goals.
Ryan Keller set the pace for the Barons, scoring the game's first two goals, one with just 45 seconds left in the first period and the second on a power play with 4:02 on the clock.
Ten minutes later, Tyler Pitlick scored thanks to an assist from Bryan Rodney to take a 3-0 advantage. Short-handed but still holding a two-goal lead in the 14th minute, Mark Tremblay capped things off for the Barons to push their led to 4-1.
The two squads will now take Saturday off to travel back to Oklahoma City for the final three games of the series.