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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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/articleid/3677263/1/pictures/1725543">Photo - OKC's Anton Lander (37) and Toronto's Matt Frattin (23) skate during a game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Toronto Marlies at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 18, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman
OKC's Anton Lander (37) and Toronto's Matt Frattin (23) skate during a game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Toronto Marlies at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 18, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman

“It's a greater challenge and everybody rises to it,” Paajarvi said. “We've got a good system. It's when we get outside of the system that we hurt ourselves.”

The Barons did that in Game 1, a 5-0 loss at the Cox Center. Oklahoma City struggled to create first chances, let alone second and third tries, against Toronto goaltender Ben Scrivens.

Oklahoma City went back to doing what it has done best for Game 2, creating better chances, though most of the goals weren't the “greasy” kind that have been the Barons hallmark on the road for most of the year.

They're likely to need that element — getting screens in front of Scrivens, deflecting pucks and winning battles in front of the net — in Toronto.

“The way we played (Friday), we've got to keep playing like that,” Cornet said. “But we've got to expect pressure like the first game. They're going to be at home with the crowd behind them, so we've got to match their intensity and their pressure.”

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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