By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 04/21/2013

The Oklahoma City Barons will take on the Charlotte Checkers in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs, the Barons front office announced today. 

The best-of-5 Western Conference quarterfinal series starts in Oklahoma City on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. The best-of-5 series is played in a 2-3 format, with the lower-seeded team hosting the first two games, while the higher-seeded team hosts Games 3 – 5. Game 2 of the series will be played in Oklahoma City on Saturday, April 27. A complete schedule is listed below:

Game 1           April 26             Charlotte @ Oklahoma City                    7 p.m.
Game 2           April 27             Charlotte @ Oklahoma City                    7 p.m.
Game 3           May 1               Oklahoma City @ Charlotte                    6 p.m.
*Game 4          May 3               Oklahoma City @ Charlotte                    6 p.m.
*Game 5          May 4               Oklahoma City @ Charlotte                    6 p.m.

*  if necessary                           all times listed as CDT

Oklahoma City and Charlotte met eight times during the regular season, with the Barons owning a 4-3-0-1 advantage over the Checkers. The Barons posted a 3-1-0-0 mark in Charlotte. This marks the first postseason meeting between the two teams.

Oklahoma City was led by Philippe Cornet who had eight points (4-4-8) and Mark Arcobello who had six points (4-2-6) in the head-to-head games. Niko Hovinen won both of his starts against Charlotte, posting a 2.50 goals against average and .898 save percentage. The Checkers were led in scoring against Oklahoma City by Chris Terry’s eight points (3-5-8) and Zac Dalpe’s six points (2-4-6). Justin Peters, on recall with the Checkers NHL affiliate in Carolina, saw the lion’s share of the action against Oklahoma City, posting a 4-2-0 record, 2.41 goals against average and .921 save percentage. 

Tickets for Games 1 & 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals start at $10 and are on sale at 232-GOAL (4625) as well as all Ticketmaster outlets and online at

Season Seat Holders that have already received their ticket books for the playoffs will use the ticket marked Round 1 Game A for the game on Friday, April 26 and Round 1 Game B for the game on Saturday, April 27.

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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