By Cassie Gage, OKC Barons on 05/03/2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Barons opened the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs Thursday evening with a 6-4 loss to the San Antonio Rampage. The Barons held a two-goal lead twice in the game but were unable to hang on as the Rampage took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Oklahoma City benefitted from a San Antonio own goal at 10:13 of the first period as Mark Cullen slipped his redirection attempt past his own goaltender to give the Barons a 1-0 lead. Hunter Tremblay was credited with the goal after he and Tyler Pitlick developed a two-on-one. The puck slid off Tremblay’s stick but he got a shot off that Cullen attempted to put in the corner but instead found the back of the net.

Mark Arcobello netted his second point of the night when he put the puck past Markstrom after a centering pass from Philippe Cornet. Arcobello’s goal came at 12:21 on the power play and pushed the home team in front 2-0.

San Antonio cut the lead in half late in the period as Alex Petrovic sniped a shot past Yann Danis at 16:58 on the power play.

The offensive explosion continued in the second period as the Barons tacked on two more goals and the Rampage added three to tie the game 4-4 at the second intermission.

Josh Green opened the flood gates with a wraparound goal at 1:24 to put Oklahoma City in front 3-1. Cullen got the goal back for San Antonio at 2:46 as the Rampage controlled the faceoff and never let the Barons gain control.

Birthday boy Teemu Hartikainen doubled the lead to 4-2 as his shot glazed off Markstrom’s glove after a center pass from Magnus Paajarvi. The Rampage added the next two goals as Bill Thomas poked the puck in past Danis at 8:13 and Tyson Strachan added a second San Antonio power play goal at 16:55 to even the score after two periods of play.

The Rampage took their first lead of the game at 5-4 late in the third as Michael Caruso put one past a heavily screened Danis at 15:21. Jon Matsumoto scored a breakaway goal at 18:09 to give San Antonio a 6-4 lead.

After holding the Houston Aeros scoreless on the power play in the first-round four-game series, the Barons allowed two power play goals in the first game of the series. It also marked the first time in franchise history Oklahoma City dropped a playoff game when scoring at least four goals.

Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the Barons and Rampage is Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. CT inside the Cox Convention Center. The game can be heard locally and online on KXY 96.1 FM. Fans can also watch the game via AHL Live at

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