By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 04/15/2012

The Oklahoma City Barons will face the Houston Aeros in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.  The best-of-5 series will start Thursday at the Toyota Center in Houston.  A complete schedule is listed below.

The first round series is a best-of-5 played in a 2-3 format. The higher seeded team has the option to play either the first two games at home or play the final games of the series at home. The Barons record of 45-22-4-5 and 99 points is the best in the Western Conference and will give Oklahoma City home ice advantage throughout playoff games against Western Conference opponents.

Game 1             April 19 Oklahoma City @ Houston                     7:05 p.m.
Game 2             April 20 Oklahoma City @ Houston                     7:35 p.m.
Game 3             April 22 Houston @ Oklahoma City                     7 p.m.
*Game 4           April 24 Houston @ Oklahoma City                     7 p.m.
*Game 5           April 25 Houston @ Oklahoma City                     7 p.m.

*  if necessary    all times Central Time
Oklahoma City played an eight-game season series against the Aeros, going 7-0-0-1 in those games.  Despite the record, the series was close with five of the eight games decided by one goal, with four of those 1-goal games decided in a shootout.  Barons goaltender Yann Danis started each of the eight games against the Aeros, posting that 7-0-0-1 record, a 1.32 goals against average, .946 save percentage and two shutouts.  Forward Josh Green was the Barons leading scorer against Houston with seven points (3-4-7).

In celebration of the Barons earning a playoff berth in the Calder Cup playoffs for the second straight season, tickets for any seat in the upper bowl of the Cox Convention Center are just $10.  The $10 tickets are on sale immediately at 232-GOAL (4625) as well as all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Cox Convention Center box office and online at  The $10 ticket offer applies only to tickets for the Barons first round home playoff games purchased via Ticketmaster.  click here to order online

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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