By Chris Wescott, on 05/23/2012

The Oklahoma City Barons applied pressure early and often, outshooting Toronto 30-16, but could not find the back of the net as the Marlies took a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals with a 3-0 win.

The Marlies struck first at 13:42 of the first period.  Nicolas Deschamp fired a long-range shot that Yann Danis stopped, but the rebound made its way in front of him and Philippe Dupuis shoveled it home for his fourth goal of the playoffs. Matt Frattin logged the other assist on the goal.

In a situation similar to that of Game 4, the Barons controlled the pace of play in the first and also outshot the Marlies 13-5.

Early in the second, Ryan Keller appeared to tie the game at one.  A shot made its way goalward.  The rebound of the shot bounded up in the air and appeared to bounce of off Keller and around Toronto goaltender Ben Scrivens.  The puck crossed the line and was intitally ruled a goal.  After conferring, the officials waived off the goal and ruled the puck was batted in by the hand of Keller.

Deschamps would figure in the scoring again in the second period.  At 11:36 of the frame, he fired an odd-angled shot from the left-wing boards below the goal line.  The puck ricocheted past Danis to give the Marlies a 2-0 lead. Jake Gardiner and Dupuis were credited with the assists.

The Barons would pull Danis in favor of David LeNeveu to start the third period. LeNeveu would hold strong, stopping the shots he faced.  That marked his first action of the postseason.

Toronto sealed the game with a Jerry D’Amigo empty-net goal at 18:22 of the final frame, assisted by Will Acton and Mark Fraser.

Toronto goaltender Ben Scrivens stopped all 30 Barons shots on route to the shutout.  The shutout is his second of the series and third of the playoffs.

The Barons look to stave off elimination in Game 5 of the series will be played Friday night at 6 p.m. (ct).  The game will be aired locally on Cox Cable channel 3 and 703 HD. The game will also be broadcast live on 96.1 KXY FM.?


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