By Jim Byers, on 05/16/2013

Texas Stars at Oklahoma City Barons, Game 5    

Calder Cup Playoffs  |  Series “K” Western Conference Semifinal  |  OKC leads 3-1
May 16, 2013, 7 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
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TONIGHT: The Barons seek a berth in the Western Conference Finals for the second straight year in this fifth game of a best-of-7, second-round Calder Cup playoff series. OKC took a 3-1 series lead, putting the Texas Stars on the brink of elimination, with a 7-3 win last night. OKC rallied for 5 third-period goals to erase a 3-2 deficit (additional details below). The Barons have won 11 of 16 meetings with the Stars this season combining regular season and playoffs, and have taken 6 of 8 overall in OKC. The Barons were 8-3-0-1 against Texas in the regular season.

OFF THE TOP: With 2 goals last night, Mark Arcobello took over the Calder Cup goal-scoring lead with 8. The Barons feature 4 of the AHL’s top 9 playoff point scorers: Arcobello (tied for 4th, 12 points), Toni Rajala (6th, 11 points), Josh Green (T-7th, 10) and Teemu Hartikainen (also T-7th, 10). OKC tops the AHL with 37 goals in the playoffs. Randy Jones is the AHL’s playoff plus-minus leader at +13, while Arcobello and Hartikainen tied for 2nd at +9. Jonathan Cheechoo and Rajala are both +8. Taylor Fedun’s tie-breaking and winning goal last night was his first AHL playoff tally. Antti Tyrvainen’s 2-goal game not only provided his first career Calder Cup goals, but also his first 2-goal game as a professional in North America.

STREAKING: Mark Arcobello has a 4-game goal streak, the best in the playoffs to date. Arcobello has 5 goals in the last 4 games, plus points in 6 straight (5G, 2A) and 8 of 9 playoff games this spring. With 1 more point, Arcobello will match his own club record for points in a playoff season. He compiled 13 points in 14 playoff games last year, including 5 goals. Arcobello’s 8 goals this season are a club best in a single playoff campaign. Toni Rajala has a point in 8 of 9 Calder Cup games, including a 6-game point streak to start the playoffs. C.J. Stretch has had consecutive 2-point games, a goal and an assist in each.

FIVE-GOAL THIRD: The Barons’ 5 goals in last night’s third period were the most by a team in a single  period of Calder Cup play since the Hershey Bears potted 6 second-period goals on April 17, 2010 at Bridgeport. It was the first 5-goal third period in the AHL playoffs since April 22, 2009, when the Worcester Sharks tallied 5 in the third period against Hartford in a 6-0 win.

PLAYOFF PATTER: Texas went 1-for-3 on the power play last night, marking the first time in these playoffs the Barons had won when allowing a power play goal. OKC had been 20-for-20 on the penalty kill in its 5 wins before last night. OKC is 11-for-17 on the PK in its 3 losses. The Barons are 2-for-14 on the power play this series, while Texas is 2-for-16. Yann Danis has started 23 straight playoff games over the past 2 springs. With OKC, Danis is 14-9 in the playoffs with a 2.34 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. Since a 6-1 loss on May 1 at Charlotte, Danis is 5-1 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .957 save percentage, stopping 200 of 209 shots in the last 6 games.

GOOSE EGGS: The 30-save, 4-0 shutout for Yann Danis on Monday was his second career Calder Cup whitewash and the Barons’ third in their 3-season AHL history. Danis blanked the Houston Aeros 5-0 in last season’s first-round opener at the Toyota Center (14 saves). Martin Gerber made 26 saves one year to the day earlier, on April 19, 2011, in a 2-0 win over Hamilton at the Cox Center. Counting part of Games 2 and 4 of this series, Danis blanked Texas over a span of 109 minutes, 37 seconds, topping the Barons’ previous record shutout streak by 11 seconds. Gerber kept Hamilton off the board for 109:26 in 2011.

ODDS AND ENDS: Barons head coach Todd Nelson turned 44 yesterday...All 18 OKC skaters last night were even or better in plus-minus rankings, with 14 on the plus side topped by +3 marks for Andrew Hotham and Randy Jones...last night’s game was the first of this series where both teams had leads...Yann Danis earned an assist on Antti Tyrvainen’s emtpy-net goal last night, the second assist by a goaltender in Calder Cup play this year (Martin Jones of Manchester had one in the first round) was the first goalie assist in Barons playoff history.

Previous Playoff Results:
Date        Opp.   Result      OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie               Attn. 
May 3      @ Cha W, 8-1       Danis (1, 24)                 Madore (L) / Murphy     4,925
May 4      @ Cha W, 6-2       Danis (2, 49)                 Madore (L) / Muse        3,381
May 9      @ Tex  W, 2-1 OT  Danis (1, 34)                 Nilstorp (2, 24)              2,840
May 11    @ Tex  L, 1-2        Danis (2, 37)                 Nilstorp (1, 27)              4,683
May 13    Tex      W, 4-0       Danis (0, 30)                 Nilstorp (3, EN, 27)       1,794
May 15    Tex      W, 7-3       Danis (3, 26)                 Nilstorp (6, EN, 39)       1,795

Remaining Series Schedule (all times Central):
Date         Opp.            Site                            Time     Broadcast
Tonight    Texas         Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
May 20*   Texas         Cedar Park Center          7:30     KXY 96.1 FM
May 21*   Texas         Cedar Park Center          7:30     KXY 96.1 FM

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