By Jim Byers, on 05/05/2012

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.

Playoff Results:
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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