By Jim Byers, on 05/10/2012

Oklahoma City Barons at San Antonio Rampage

Calder Cup Playoffs | Series “K” Western Conference Semifinals Game 4 | OKC leads 2-1 

May 10, 2012, 7 pm CDT  | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons and San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) meet in Game 4 of a Western Conference semifinal at AT&T Center. OKC leads 2-1, winning each of the last 2 games in overtime. The series continues tomorrow at the AT&T Center before returning to Oklahoma City if necessary for Games 6 and 7. The Barons are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, while San Antonio is a No. 6 seed. This is the Barons’ 11th straight game against a Texas-based team dating to the regular season. Their last road game outside Texas was March 31 at Grand Rapids.

SERIES SNIPPETS: After not advancing to overtime in any of their first 11 Calder Cup games over 2 seasons, the Barons have won OT decisions in 2 straight. The Barons have out-shot the opposition in each of their 7 playoff games by a combined margin of 246-157. Opponents are averaging an league-low 22.43 shots per game against OKC. Yann Danis’ 25 saves on Monday are a personal high in the playoffs. The Barons have scored the first goal in 6 of 7 playoff games, the only break coming on a 1-0 loss to Houston April 22. They are 5-1 when scoring first. OKC has goals from 12 different players and points from 17 of its 20 skaters in the playoffs so far. The Barons have not had a minus player in the past 2 games.


TIDBITS: The Barons are 3-0 on the road in the Calder Cup playoffs this season, taking Game 3 of this series after opening the first round with 2 wins at Houston. Western Conference finalist Toronto, at 4-0, is the only other undefeated road team during these playoffs. Seventeen of 18 OKC position players registered a shot on goal in Monday’s game. Defenseman Dan Ringwald, the only Baron without a shot, had an assist and was +2. The Barons had 37 shots on Monday. Ringwald’s +8 playoff rating is tied for third in the AHL. Hunter Tremblay and Bryan Helmer are +7. With 7 playoff points (2 goals, 5 assists) Tyler Pitlick is tied for third among rookies in Calder Cup play. Josh Green and Mark Arcobello each had 3-game goal streaks snapped on Monday. 


SPECIALTIES: The Barons are 4-for-29 on the power play in the playoffs (13.8%). 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 14 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-36 (36.1%).


OKC-SA HISTORY: The Barons and Rampage split 8 meetings this season, with each team going 2-2 on its home ice. Each team shut out the opposition twice in the season series. The all-time regular season series spanning the past 2 seasons is even at 9-9. Counting the current playoff series, the teams have met 21 times all-time with OKC up 11-10, including a 6-4 mark at the AT&T Center.  


RECORD RAMBLINGS: The Barons are 25-1-0-0 in the regular season and playoffs when scoring 4 or more goals. In games on Monday through Thursday, OKC is 15-2-2-1. The Barons are 30-2-2-4 in the playoffs and regular season when tallying a power play goal.


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


Upcoming Series Schedule (all times Central):

Date        Opp.          Site                                Time   Broadcast

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

* If necessary                                                                          


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