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OKC Barons: Unbeaten record while on the road in playoffs will be tested by Toronto

Oklahoma City is 5-0 away from the Cox Center. Games 3, 4 and 5 are scheduled on the Marlies' home ice.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 20, 2012
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Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson isn't sure what to think about the success his team has shown on the road the last two American Hockey League seasons.

“You try to pinpoint it or try to think about why you have a strong road record, and I'm not sure,” Nelson said. “I don't think it's as big a deal as it used to be, where guys get intimidated by a different building because it's a full crowd or whatever. It's not like that anymore.”

Whatever it is, the Barons have been one of the top road teams in the AHL the last two seasons.

Entering Monday afternoon's Western Conference Final Game 3 in Toronto, the Barons are 5-0 away from the Cox Center in the playoffs.

Over the last two seasons, the Barons are an astounding 51-26-9 on the road.

It's as simple as sticking with the game plan, forward Philippe Cornet said.

“The main thing is we keep it simple on the road all year,” Cornet said. “I think here, with the fans, we sometimes try to do too much, It's normal. I think most teams are like that, too.”

Magnus Paajarvi, who assisted on two goals in a 5-1 win in Game 2 at the Cox Center on Friday night, echoed Cornet's reasoning.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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