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BARONS VS. RAMPAGE PREVIEW
By Cassie Gage,
The Oklahoma City Barons take on the San Antonio Rampage, AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers, in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs. The best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series starts in Oklahoma City on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. CT.
The Western Conference semifinals are a best-of-seven series played in a 2-3-2 format. The Barons regular season record of 45-22-4-5 and 99 points is the best in the Western Conference and gives Oklahoma City home ice advantage throughout playoff games against Western Conference opponents.
How They Got Here
The Oklahoma City Barons advanced to the conference semifinals of the 2012 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs with a 3-1 series win over the Houston Aeros. It marks the first time in franchise history the team advanced to the second round. The San Antonio Rampage got a game five double overtime win over the Chicago Wolves to advance 3-2. The Rampage led the series 2-0 before Chicago came back to force the deciding game. It was the first-ever playoff series win.
During the Regular Season
Oklahoma City played an eight-game season series against the Rampage, going 4-4-0-0 in those games. The Barons won three of the first four contests, followed by the Rampage winning three of four. The teams also split the series with 2-2 records in their buildings. Five of the eight games in the series were decided by one goal and four of the wins in the series were done via shutout. Both Barons wins at home were shutouts. Yann Danis and David LeNeveu each had a shutout against the Rampage. Ryan Keller (3-2-5) and Mark Arcobello (0-5-5) shared the scoring lead for the Barons against the Rampage with five points.
Hunter Tremblay leads the Barons rookies with 31 points (16-15-31), while Evan Barlow leads the Rampage (10-20-30).
The Rampage finished third in the West Division with 87 points and a 41-30-3-2 record, while the Barons were the division’s top team with 99 points (45-22-4-5). San Antonio went 21-16-0-1 at home over the regular season and 20-14-3-1 on the road. The Barons were 21-12-3-2 at home and had one of the league’s best road records at 24-20-1-3.
The Power Play
Oklahoma City holds the edge while on the overall at 15.4 percent (45-of-293). The Rampage were 38-for-264 (.144) with the man advantage. Oklahoma City went 22-for-142 at home (.155), while the Rampage were 17-for-147 (.116) at home. San Antonio had one of the league’s best road power plays, going 17.9 percent (21-for-117), while the Barons were 15.2 percent (23-for-151).
The Penalty Kill
The Barons lead in all facets of the penalty kill with a 85.6 percent mark overall (50-for-248) and 88.9 percent at home (18-for-162) and 82.8 on the road (32-for-186). The Rampage were 58-for-290 overall (.800), 79.5 percent at home (31-for-151) and 80.6 percent on the road (27-for-139).
Both teams have great records when leading after two periods, but Oklahoma City hasn’t lost a game in regulation when leading after two this year (33-0-4-0) while the Rampage are 27-2-3-1. The Barons are 24-0-2-1 when leading after one, while San Antonio is 23-4-1-2.
Tickets for Games 1 & 2 of the Western Conference semifinals start at $11 and are on sale at 232-GOAL (4625) as well as all Ticketmaster outlets and online at ticketmaster.com.
All Barons playoff games can be heard on the Barons flagship station, 96.1 KXY and are also available on a pay-per-view basis via AHL Live.
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