By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 05/03/2013

(5) Oklahoma City Barons (40-25-2-9) at (4) Charlotte Checkers (42-26-4-4)    

Calder Cup Playoffs  |  Series “H” Western Conference Quarterfinals  |  Charlotte leads 2-1
May 3, 2013, 6 pm CDT  | Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
AHL Media Kit:
TONIGHT: The Barons need to win to avoid elimination in this fourth game of an opening round, best-of-5 series with the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes). A 6-1 Charlotte win on Wednesday put the Checkers up 2 games to 1. The teams split 8 regular-season meetings, with OKC taking 3 of 4 in Charlotte. Including playoffs, the Barons are 5-3-0-1 all-time at Time Warner Cable Arena. The series opened on Friday with Charlotte rallying from a pair of 1-goal deficits to win 4-3 in OT. On Saturday, OKC scored the game’s last 5 goals to win 5-2.

SERIES SNIPPETS: The Barons are 2-for-17 on the power play through 3 games and the Checkers are 5-for-15. OKC went 1-for-9 on the man advantage last night, the Barons’ most power play opportunities in a game during 2012-13, regular season or playoffs. Josh Green and Toni Rajala have points in all 3 games this series. The winning team has had fewer shots than the losing side in each game of this series. Wednesday’s game was the first in the series where the team that opened the scoring went on to win. It also marked the first time in this series the team that scored first did not relinquish the lead at some point.

SPECIALIZATION: Charlotte’s 3 power play goals on Wednesday were the most allowed by the Barons in a game since Nov. 10, when Abbotsford went 3-for-9 in a 4-0 decision. The Barons had allowed just 3 power play goals in their previous 19 playoff and regular season games combined entering Wednesday, having gone 49-for-52 on the penalty kill dating to March 19. The Barons finished the regular season by going their final 7 games without allowing a power play goal, 17-for-17. OKC went 43-for-44 on the penalty kill in their final 17 regular-season contests. Games 1 and 3 of this series are the only games since March 9, a span of 22 contests, that OKC has allowed more than 3 goals. The Barons went 13-3-0-3 in their final 19 regular-season games, allowing 3 or fewer in all 19.

FACING ELIMINATION: This is the third Calder Cup game in Barons’ history where they faced elimination. OKC dropped their previous 2 elimination games” April 24, 2011 at Hamilton in a Game 6 of the first round (4-1 final score) and May 25, 2012 at Toronto in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals (3-1 final).

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Including an empty-netter on Saturday, OKC has scored 9 goals in this series and 7 of those have come in the final 3:06 of a period. OKC has tallied 5 times in the final 1:43 of various periods. The Barons overcame a 2-0 deficit on Saturday to win 5-2. During the regular season, OKC rallied 8 times to win while trailing by 2 goals at some point in a game.

LANDER RETURNS: Center Anton Lander was loaned to the Barons by the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday and played his first game of the series Wednesday, recording 3 shots on goal. Lander had 3 stints with the Oilers, including one to finish the NHL regular season. He was the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 31 after he set AHL season highs and a Barons’ club record with 6 points, 3 goals and 3 assists, March 30 at Rockford. Lander had 9 goals and 11 assists in 47 AHL games this season, with the bulk of that production on the road (8 goals, 8 assists in 26 road games).

ARCOBELLO SETS CLUB MARKS: Mark Arcobello’s hat trick on Saturday was the Barons’ first in their 22-game Calder Cup playoff history. His 3 points match his own and Ryan Keller’s club mark for points in  a playoff game (Randy Jones also collected 3 points on Saturday with his first Barons goal and 2 assists).Arcobello’s 9 shots on goal and +4 rating were also club highs in OKC’s 3-season Calder Cup history.

FINISHING WITH A FLOURISH: The Barons finished the regular campaign by winning 3 straight, 4 of their last 5 and 6 of their final 8 contests. Yann Danis went 10-2-3 with 2 shutouts, a 1.78 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in his final 15 games to finish the regular season after being loaned by Edmonton in mid-March. After not shutting out an opponent in the season’s first 71 games, the Barons lodged 3 shutouts in the final 5 outings, 2 by Danis and 1 by Niko Hovinen.
Series Results:
Date        Opp.   Result      OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie               Attn. 
April 26    Cha      L, 3-4 (OT) Danis (4, 24)                 Madore (3, 30)             2,043
April 27    Cha      W, 5-2       Danis (2, 33)                 Madore (4, EN, 26)       1,990
May 1      @ Cha L, 1-6        Danis (6, 27)                 Madore (1, 37)             3,021
Remaining Series Schedule (all times Central):
Date         Opp.         Site                                           Time   Broadcast
May 4*     Charlotte     Time Warner Cable Arena           6:00    KXY 96.1 FM
* If necessary

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