By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 05/03/2012

San Antonio Rampage at Oklahoma City Barons
Calder Cup Playoffs | Series “K” Western Conference Semifinals | Game 1
May 3, 2012, 7 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons open a playoff series at home for the first time in the team’s 2-season AHL history as they host the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) in the opener of a best-of-7 Western Conference semifinal. Each of OKC’s two previous series have started on the road, including this year’s opening-round victory over Houston (3 games to 1). OKC has had an 8-day break since their last game on April 24. This series is a 2-3-2 format, with the first 2 and potentially last 2 games at the Cox Center. OKC is the Western Conference No. 1 seed; San Antonio is No. 6.

LOOKING BACK: The Barons and Rampage split 8 meetings this season, with each team going 2-2 on its home ice. OKC won the first 3 meetings, but San Antonio took 4 of the last 5 including the final two games by 1-0 scores. Each team shut out the opposition twice in the season series. The all-time series spanning the past 2 seasons is even at 9-9, with all games between the teams decided in regulation. OKC is 4-5 all-time at home against the Rampage, while the Barons have gone 5-4 at the AT&T Center.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Each team enters this round following their first Calder Cup series wins. The Barons topped Houston 3 games to 1, winning both road games and splitting a pair at the Cox Center. OKC is 1-1 in Calder Cup series after debuting last season. In its third playoff series in club history, San Antonio won both home games against No. 3 seed Chicago, but dropped Games 3 and 4 at Allstate Arena. The fifth and deciding game went to a second overtime before Roman Derlyuk’s goal ended the series.

SLINGS AND AEROS: OKC out-shot Houston in each game of the first round, coming just short of doubling the Aeros in shots for the series, 143-76. The Aeros out-shot the Barons in only one period during the 4 games, the third period of Game 4 by an 11-10 margin. Yann Danis played the entire series, notching 1 shutout, a 1.01 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. The Barons had at least 1 goal in 9 of the series’ 12 periods. The only periods where they didn’t score came in a 1-0 loss in Game 3. OKC received goals from 10 different players and points from 16 of its 18 skaters in the first round.

SPECIALTY ITEMS: The Barons are 2-for-18 on the power play in the playoffs, connecting in each of the first 2 games of the series at Houston. OKC was 0-for-11 in the 2 games at the Cox Center. OKC went 13-for-13 on the penalty kill against the Aeros and is the last remaining playoff team with a 100 percent PK rate. The Rampage were a league-best 7-for-22 in the first round with the man advantage. They went 16-for-21 (76.2%) on the penalty kill against Chicago, a rate that was 13th out of 16 first-round teams.

ONES AND ZEROES: Combining regular season and playoffs, the Barons have been involved in five 1-0 games this season after not having any in 2010-11. OKC split four 1-0 games during the regular season, beating the Rampage once and losing to them twice by that score, while also topping Charlotte 1-0. OKC dropped a 1-0 final in Game 3 of its first-round series against the Houston Aeros. OKC has been involved in four shutouts in its 10-game Calder Cup history. In addition to the Game 3 loss, the Barons blanked Houston 5-0 in Game 1. OKC and Hamilton traded 2-0 finals in last year’s opening-round best-of-7.

GOOD OMENS: By scoring at least 4 goals in each of its 3 wins in the first round, the Barons improved their combined regular season and playoff record to 24-0-0-0 when scoring 4 or more in a game. Ryan Keller and Josh Green had 2-goal games in the first round. On 19 occasions (regular season and playoffs) OKC has had a 2-goal game, but the Barons have yet to record a hat trick this season. When the Barons received a goal from a defenseman this season they went 15-2-0-2 and when Philippe Cornet lit the lamp the team went 18-1-0-0 in the regular season. Cornet and the defense corps each scored once in the first round, with Dylan Yeo and Cornet both tallying in the series-clinching, 5-2 win over Houston April 24.

First Round Series 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

Current Series Schedule (all times Central):
Date        Opp.          Site                                Time   Broadcast
May 3       SA              Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
May 5       SA              Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
May 7       @ SA          AT&T Center                   7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
May 10     @ SA          AT&T Center                   7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
May 11*   @ SA          AT&T Center                   7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
May 13*   SA              Cox Center                      4:00     KXY 96.1 FM
May 15*   SA              Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM

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