BARONS GAME NOTES - MAY 5
By Jim Byers,San Antonio Rampage at Oklahoma City Barons
Calder Cup Playoffs | Series “K” Western Conference Semifinals Game 2 | San Antonio leads 1-0
May 5, 2012, 7 pm CDT | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM
TONIGHT: The Barons host the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) in Game 2 of a best-of-7 Western Conference semifinal. The Rampage rallied for a 6-4 win in the series opener on Thursday. This series is a 2-3-2 format, with the first 2 and potentially last 2 games at the Cox Center. The Barons and Rampage split an 8-game regular season series, with each team going 2-2 at home. OKC is the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed, while San Antonio is No. 6. Counting regular season and playoffs, San Antonio leads the all-time series 10-9 over the past 2 seasons.
SERIES SNIPPETS: The Barons have out-shot the opposition in all 5 playoff games. OKC out-shot San Antonio 30-29 in Thursday’s opener after coming just short of doubling the Aeros in shots for the previous series, 143-76. OKC has received goals from 10 different players and points from 16 of its 19 skaters in the playoffs so far. The Barons have scored the first goal in 4 of 5 Calder Cup games. The only contest where they did not score first was a 1-0 defeat on April 22 against Houston. Yann Danis had allowed just 4 goals in 4 games in the first round before being charged with 6 on Thursday, lifting his goals-against average from 1.01 to 2.02.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Each team entered this round following their first Calder Cup series wins. The Barons topped Houston 3 games to 1, winning both road games and splitting a pair at the Cox Center. OKC is 1-1 in Calder Cup series after debuting in the AHL last season. In its third playoff series in club history, San Antonio won both home games against No. 3 seed Chicago, but dropped Games 3 and 4 at Allstate Arena. The deciding fifth game went to a second overtime before Roman Derlyuk’s goal ended the series.
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY, OKC-SA: The Barons and Rampage split 8 meetings this season, with each team going 2-2 on its home ice. OKC won the first 3 meetings, but San Antonio took 4 of the last 5 including the final two games by 1-0 scores. Each team shut out the opposition twice in the season series. The all-time regular season series spanning the past 2 seasons is even at 9-9, with all games between the teams decided in regulation.
SPECIALTY ITEMS: The Barons are 3-for-21 on the power play in the playoffs (14.3%), connecting in each of the first 2 games of the previous series at Houston and once on Thursday against the Rampage. OKC was 13-for-13 on the penalty kill in the first round against Houston and dating to the regular season had gone 6 straight games and 19 times short without allowing a power play goal until San Antonio tallied on its first 2 man advantages Thursday. The Barons are 14-for-16 on the penalty kill in the playoffs (87.5).The Rampage are 9-for-25 (36%) on the power play in the playoffs and 18-for-24 (75%) on the penalty kill.
TREND REVERSALS: Prior to Thursday, the Barons were undefeated in 24 games during the regular season and playoffs when scoring 4 or more goals. Thursday’s loss was just the second all season for the Barons in a game where they scored a power play goal. The Barons are 29-2-2-4 combined between the playoffs and regular season when tallying a power play goal. They went 1-for-3 on Thursday.
GOOD OMENS: When the Barons received a goal from a defenseman this season they went 15-2-0-2. In the playoffs, they have 1 goal from a defenseman, Dylan Yeo, in the series-ending Game 4 win vs. Houston. When Philippe Cornet lit the lamp during the regular season, the team went 18-1-0-0. In the only loss, a 3-2 setback at Milwaukee Nov. 13, Cornet accounted for both goals. Cornet also tallied in the series-clinching win over the Aeros.
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
April 19 @ Hou W, 5-0 Danis (0, 14) Hackett (L)/Brodeur 3,158
April 20 @ Hou W, 4-1 Dans (1, 19) Hackett (L)/Brodeur 4,756
April 22 Hou L, 0-1 Danis (1, 20) Brodeur (0, 31) 2,859
April 24 Hou W, 5-2 Danis (2, 19) Brodeur (4, EN, 22) 1,922
May 3 SA L, 4-6 Danis (6, 23) Markstrom (4, 26) 2,833
Upcoming Series Schedule (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
May 5 SA Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
May 7 @ SA AT&T Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
May 10 @ SA AT&T Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
May 11* @ SA AT&T Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
May 13* SA Cox Center 4:00 KXY 96.1 FM
May 15* SA Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
* If necessary
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