By Jim Byers, on 05/25/2012

(1) Oklahoma City Barons at (2) Toronto Marlies
Calder Cup Playoffs | Series “N” Western Conference Finals, Game 5 | Toronto leads 3-1
May 25, 2012, 6 pm CDT | Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons look to continue this best-of-7 series in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) at Ricoh Coliseum. The Marlies took a 3-1 series lead with their second shutout of the series on Wednesday, 3-0. The winner of this series will face the league’s No. 1 seed, Norfolk, in the Calder Cup Finals. OKC is the No 1 seed in the Western Conference with 99 regular season points. Toronto is the No. 2 seed with 96 points. The teams met twice in the regular season, with the home team winning each time.

OFF THE TOP: OKC will try to become the 18th team in AHL history to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-7 series. It happened twice last year, with Binghamton defeating Manchester and Manitoba rallying over Lake Erie. This is the second time in OKC’s 2-season playoff history it has faced elimination. The Barons dropped their only elimination game last year, Game 6 of the first round at Hamilton. This is the first time during the current postseason the Barons have trailed a series by 2 games and only the fourth time all year (regular season and playoffs) they’ve lost consecutive games in regulation. OKC has dropped its last 2 road games after winning the first 5 away from home this spring. Three of the Barons’ 5 playoff losses this season have been shutouts. It happened twice this series and in Game 3 of the first round against Houston’s Mike Brodeur. Mark Arcobello remains tied for second in the playoffs with 13 points (5G, 8A).

PLAYOFF PATTER: The Barons have scored first in 9 of 13 playoff games, going 8-1 when scoring first and 0-4 when allowing the first goal. Three of the 4 times the Barons have failed to score first they were shut out. The Barons have out-shot the opposition throughout the playoffs 423-316.
Opponents are averaging a league-low 24.31 shots per game against OKC.

The Barons are 2-for-22 on the power play this series. The Marlies are 3-for-17. Including both regular season meetings, OKC has killed 28 of 31 Marlies power plays and Toronto 28 of 30 OKC tries.

RARE COMPANY: Chris VandeVelde scored overtime goals in consecutive games of the previous series at San Antonio, ending Games 3 and 4 by 2-1 final scores. VandeVelde is the second player in AHL history to record back-to-back overtime goals in the same series and the first since Rochester’s Jim Wiemer in 1983. VandeVelde is the eighth AHLer with 2 OT goals in a single series and he shares, with 30 others, the all-time mark for overtime winners in a playoff season.

Series Results:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
May 17 Tor L, 0-5 Danis (5, 27) Scrivens (0, 31) 2,596
May 18 Tor W, 5-1 Danis (1, 27) Scrivens (4, EN, 22) 2,621
May 21 @ Tor L, 3-5 Danis (4, EN, 22) Scrivens (3, 25) 7,327
May 23 @ Tor L, 0-3 Danis (L)/LeNeveu Scrivens (0, 30) 6,238

Upcoming Series Schedule (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
May 28* Tor Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
May 30* Tor Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
* If necessary

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