By Josh Evans, OKC Barons

The Oklahoma City Barons will take on the Charlotte Checkers in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs, the Barons front office announced today. 

The best-of-5 Western Conference quarterfinal series starts in Oklahoma City on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. The best-of-5 series is played in a 2-3 format, with the lower-seeded team hosting the first two games, while the higher-seeded team hosts Games 3 – 5. Game 2 of the series will be played in Oklahoma City on Saturday, April 27. A complete schedule is listed below:

Game 1           April 26             Charlotte @ Oklahoma City                    7 p.m.
Game 2           April 27             Charlotte @ Oklahoma City                    7 p.m.
Game 3           May 1               Oklahoma City @ Charlotte                    6 p.m.
*Game 4          May 3               Oklahoma City @ Charlotte                    6 p.m.
*Game 5          May 4               Oklahoma City @ Charlotte                    6 p.m.

*  if necessary                           all times listed as CDT

Oklahoma City and Charlotte met eight times during the regular season, with the Barons owning a 4-3-0-1 advantage over the Checkers. The Barons posted a 3-1-0-0 mark in Charlotte. This marks the first postseason meeting between the two teams.

Oklahoma City was led by Philippe Cornet who had eight points (4-4-8) and Mark Arcobello who had six points (4-2-6) in the head-to-head games. Niko Hovinen won both of his starts against Charlotte, posting a 2.50 goals against average and .898 save percentage. The Checkers were led in scoring against Oklahoma City by Chris Terry’s eight points (3-5-8) and Zac Dalpe’s six points (2-4-6). Justin Peters, on recall with the Checkers NHL affiliate in Carolina, saw the lion’s share of the action against Oklahoma City, posting a 4-2-0 record, 2.41 goals against average and .921 save percentage. 

Tickets for Games 1 & 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals start at $10 and are on sale at 232-GOAL (4625) as well as all Ticketmaster outlets and online at

Season Seat Holders that have already received their ticket books for the playoffs will use the ticket marked Round 1 Game A for the game on Friday, April 26 and Round 1 Game B for the game on Saturday, April 27.

All Barons playoff games can be heard on the Barons flagship station, 96.1 KXY and are also available on a pay-per-view basis via AHL Live.

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