By Jim Byers, on 05/11/2012

Oklahoma City Barons at San Antonio Rampage
Calder Cup Playoffs | Series “K” Western Conference Semifinals Game 5 | OKC leads 3-1
May 11, 2012, 7 pm CDT | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: Having won 3 straight games in overtime, the Barons face the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) in Game 5 of a Western Conference semifinal at AT&T Center. OKC leads this best-of-7 series 3 games to 1. The winner of this series will face Toronto in the conference final. The Barons are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, while San Antonio is a No. 6 seed. This is the Barons’ 12th straight game against a Texas-based team dating to the regular season. Their last road game outside Texas was March 31 at Grand Rapids.

IN RARE COMPANY: Chris VandeVelde took the 2012 Calder Cup Playoff lead in overtime goals with his second last night. VandeVelde has matched the AHL record, held by several players, for sudden death goals in one playoff season with 2. Houston’s Carson McMillan was the most recent player before VandeVelde with 2 OT goals in one season. McMillan accomplished that last year. In addition to his consecutive OT goals, VandeVelde has tallied in 3 straight, matching the AHL playoff high this season.

PLAYOFF PATTER: The Barons are 4-0 on the road in the Calder Cup playoffs this season, joining 4-0 Toronto as the only undefeated road teams during these playoffs. Last night marked the first time the Barons were out-shot this playoff season, as San Antonio had 31 shots to OKC’s 30. The Barons have collected 276 playoff shots to the opponent’s 188. Opponents are averaging an league-low 22.5 shots per game against OKC. The Barons have scored the first goal in 7 of 8 playoff games, the only break coming on a 1-0 loss to Houston April 22. They are 6-1 when scoring first.

RANKING MEMBERS: Dan Ringwald is tied for second in Calder Cup plus-minus at +9. Hunter Tremblay is +8, while Bryan Helmer and Dylan Yeo are +7. Alex Plante is +6. Five of the AHL’s top 11 plus players are Barons. Yann Danis lowered his goals-against average to 1.90 last night, second only to Toronto’s Ben Scrivens (1.61).

SPECIALTIES: The Barons are 4-for-33 on the power play in the playoffs (12.1%). After going 13-for-13 on the penalty kill in the first round against Houston, the Barons have allowed 6 Rampage power play goals in 16 times shorthanded in this series. Six of San Antonio’s 11 goals in this series have been on the power play. The Rampage own the league’s best power play to date in the playoffs at 13-for-38 (34.2%).

Playoff Results:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
April 19 @ Hou W, 5-0 Danis (0, 14) Hackett (L)/Brodeur 3,158
April 20 @ Hou W, 4-1 Dans (1, 19) Hackett (L)/Brodeur 4,756
April 22 Hou L, 0-1 Danis (1, 20) Brodeur (0, 31) 2,859
April 24 Hou W, 5-2 Danis (2, 19) Brodeur (4, EN, 22) 1,922
May 3 SA L, 4-6 Danis (6, 23) Markstrom (4, 26) 2,833
May 5 SA W, 5-4 OT Danis (4, 22) Markstrom (5, 32) 2,962
May 7 @ SA W, 2-1 OT Danis (1, 25) Markstrom (2, 34) 3,678
May 10 @ SA W, 2-1 OT Danis (1, 30) Markstrom (2, 28) 3,836

Upcoming Series Schedule (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast

May 13* SA Cox Center 4:00 KXY 96.1 FM
May 15* SA Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
* If necessary

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