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Oklahoma City Barons notebook: Will Barons' road success continue?

With the Barons' 5-2 win Saturday night evening the series at 1-1, Oklahoma City's best-of-five, first-round playoff series becomes a best two-of-three in Charlotte. Game 3 is Wednesday night, Game 4 Friday night. If necessary, Game 5 would be played Saturday night.
by Michael Baldwin Published: April 27, 2013
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photo - Baron's Toni Rajala comes from behind the net with Rob Madore in goal in the first period during Game 2 of the AHL hockey playoff series between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Charlotte Checkers at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City, on Saturday, April 27, 2013.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Baron's Toni Rajala comes from behind the net with Rob Madore in goal in the first period during Game 2 of the AHL hockey playoff series between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Charlotte Checkers at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City, on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

With the Barons' 5-2 win Saturday night evening the series at 1-1, Oklahoma City's best-of-five, first-round playoff series becomes a best two-of-three in Charlotte. Game 3 is Wednesday night, Game 4 Friday night. If necessary, Game 5 would be played Saturday night.

Oklahoma City played well on the road in the final seven weeks of the regular season, going 9-1-2.

“If we didn't have that (road) stretch where we had done really well this might be a daunting task,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “But we have a lot of confidence. We feel comfortable on the road.”

NELSON SWITCHES UP LINES

Nelson put rookie Toni Rajala back on the No. 1 line with Mark Arcobello and Jonathan Cheechoo. It paid off big time with that line accounting for four goals.

The No. 2 line featured Teemu Hartikainen, Philippe Cornet and Chris VandeVelde. In the lower lines, forwards Antti Tyrvainen and Ben Eager replaced Darcy Hordichuk and Curtis Hamilton, who played in Game 1 but didn't suit up for Game 2.

“The No. 1 line had a big night and that No. 2 line is a hardworking line with some skill,” Nelson said. “But I thought all four lines complemented each other.”

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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