By Jim Byers, on 05/23/2012

(1) Oklahoma City Barons at (2) Toronto Marlies
Calder Cup Playoffs | Series “N” Western Conference Finals, Game 4 | Toronto leads 2-1
May 23, 2012, 6 pm CDT | Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons look to even this Western Conference Final in Game 4 against the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) at Ricoh Coliseum. Game 5 will also take place in Toronto on Friday as these teams determine who will face Norfolk in the Calder Cup Finals. The Marlies took a 2-1 series lead with a 5-3 win Monday afternoon in the series’ first contest in Toronto. OKC is the No 1 seed in the conference with 99 regular season points. Toronto is No. 2 seed with 96 points. The teams met twice in the regular season, with the home team winning each time.

SERIES SNIPPETS: Monday’s loss was OKC’s first on the road during this postseason. The Barons are 5-1 away from home and have out-scored the opposition on the road 20-11. Mark Arcobello remains tied for second in the playoffs with 13 points (5G, 8A). Three of Arcobello’s goals have opened the scoring, tying him with 2 others for the league lead in first goals. The winning team has scored 5 goals in each game this series. Friday’s 84 penalty minutes for the Barons and 70 for Toronto were OKC postseason records for team and combined PIMs. They were also highs for any game in the Barons’ 2-season AHL history. The previous combined PIM mark was 102 on Nov. 25, 2011 (OKC 48 PIM, Grand Rapids 54).

PLAYOFF PATTER: The Barons have scored first in 9 of 12 playoff games, going 8-1 when scoring first and 0-3 when allowing the first goal. Monday marked the first time this postseason the Barons have failed to score first in a game where they registered a goal. The other 2 games were shutout defeats. OKC out-shot Toronto 28-27 on Monday after being out-shot in the first 2 games by 1 shot each game. The Barons have out-shot the opposition throughout the playoffs 393-300. Opponents are averaging 25 shots per game against OKC, second in the playoffs behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in fewest shots allowed.

The Marlies and Barons were 1-2 in goals against and penalty killing during the regular season. Toronto’s PK rate was 88.1, while OKC’s was 85.6. Overall, the Marlies allowed a league-low 175 goals to OKC’s 176. AHL Goaltender of the Year Yann Danis was second only to Toronto’s Ben Scrivens in goals-against average, 2.07 to 2.04. Danis went 1-1-0 with a 1.01 GAA and .959 save percentage in 2 regular-season meetings with Toronto. This series is the first time OKC have faced Scrivens.

SPECIALTIES: The Barons are 2-for-19 on the power play during this series, while the Marlies are 3-for-15. Including both regular season meetings, OKC had killed 24 of 25 Toronto power play chances until the Marlies connected on 2 of their first 3 man advantages Monday while going 2-4 on the afternoon.

RARE COMPANY: Chris VandeVelde scored overtime goals in consecutive games of the previous series at San Antonio, ending Games 3 and 4 by 2-1 final scores. VandeVelde is the second player in AHL history to record back-to-back overtime goals in the same series and the first since Rochester’s Jim Wiemer in 1983. VandeVelde is the eighth AHLer with 2 OT goals in a single series and he shares, with 30 others, the all-time mark for overtime winners in a playoff season.

Series Results:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
May 17 Tor L, 0-5 Danis (5, 27) Scrivens (0, 31) 2,596
May 18 Tor W, 5-1 Danis (1, 27) Scrivens (4, EN, 22) 2,621
May 21 @ Tor L, 3-5 Danis (4, EN, 22) Scrivens (3, 25) 7,327

Upcoming Series Schedule (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
May 25 @ Tor Ricoh Coliseum 6:00 KXY 96.1 FM
May 28* Tor Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
May 30* Tor Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
* If necessary

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