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OKC Barons notebook: Barons, Toronto Marlies an even match

by Ryan Aber Published: May 15, 2012
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/articleid/3675801/1/pictures/1721220">Photo - AHL HOCKEY / PLAYOFFS: OKC's Anton Lander (37) skates against Houston's Kris Fredheim (7) during a game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Houston Aeros at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 22, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman
AHL HOCKEY / PLAYOFFS: OKC's Anton Lander (37) skates against Houston's Kris Fredheim (7) during a game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Houston Aeros at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 22, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman

VandeVelde won games 3 and 4 in overtime, joining Rochester Americans defenseman Jim Weimer, who accomplished the feat in 1983.

Including VandeVelde, eight players have scored two overtime goals in one series. That list includes former Barons forward Alexandre Giroux, who accomplished the feat in 2007 for Hershey.

“It's awesome. The best part about scoring those goals is going into the locker room and having your teammates screaming and jumping on you and all that stuff,” VandeVelde said. “After scoring one, it's pretty exhilarating but to get two is pretty unbelievable.”

BARONS TRAVEL PLANS ANNOUNCED

After Tuesday's practice, Barons players were told they were taking a charter flight to Toronto for games 3, 4 and (if necessary) 5.

The move was welcomed heartily by the players, as the room erupted in cheers when the announcement was made.

“It's not something you do very often at this level but it's nice when you're able to,” Nelson said. “It makes things a bit easier.”

After playing Friday at home, the Barons play Game 3 in Toronto on Monday, Game 4 on Wednesday and possibly Game 5 on Friday before returning to Oklahoma City.

The Marlies flew in Tuesday night and are expected to practice at the Cox Center on Wednesday afternoon.

Tickets start at $11

Tickets for the series start at $11 and are available at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 232-4625.

Thursday night, the first 2,000 fans will receive Barons playoff T-shirts in Edmonton Oilers orange.

On Friday night, one fan will be given a chance to hit a center-ice shot during the first intermission to win a 2012 Ford F-150.

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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