This first-round, best-of-seven Calder Cup playoff series returns to Hamilton for Game 6 between the Barons and Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens). Hamilton took a 3-2 series lead with a 2-0 win in Friday’s contest at the Cox Convention Center.
Friday’s game marked the first win by a road team in the series. OKC won their first two games at home after Hamilton grabbed a 2-0 series lead Apr. 14-16 at Copps Coliseum. OFF THE TOP:
OKC must win both remaining games in Hamilton to advance to the North Division Finals. The Barons were 22-13-0-5 on the road in the regular season, finishing as part of a group with the third-most road wins. OKC’s road standing point percentage of .613 was fifth in the AHL.
The Barons’ longest road winning streak was five games from Oct. 24-Nov. 26, with 4 of those wins in one trip and the last in another. The Barons won three straight within a single trip twice, from Jan. 13-15 and Jan. 20-23. They took back-to-back road games on the same swing three times, most recently Apr. 8-9. GOALIE TALK:
Martin Gerber is 2-2-0 with a 1.74 GAA and .938 save percentage in the series. Gerber has played all but the first period of the series and has earned the decision in each of the last four games.
Bulldogs goalie Drew MacIntyre has played each game, going 3-2-0 with a 1.81 and .943. Gerber went the equivalent of more than five periods without allowing goal in this series from early in the second period of Game 2 through the 10:29 mark of the first period in Game 4. Gerber’s shutout streak lasted 109:26.
The Barons’ stretch of 13 straight penalty kills spanning parts of 3 games was snapped when Aaron Palushaj opened Friday’s scoring on the man advantage. OKC is 1-for-26 on the power play in the playoffs and 1-for-44 against Hamilton including the regular season. Hamilton is 5-for-30 this series on the power play, but 2-for-27 since connecting on their first three opportunities in the series opener Apr. 14. SERIES SNIPPETS:
Hamilton’s win on Friday halted OKC’s four-game home winning streak dating to the regular season, a stretch where the Barons had three shutouts and out-scored the opposition 16-2...Hamilton is 3-0 this series when Nigel Dawes scores a goal...Dawes lead the series with three goals...Colin McDonald and Brad Moran each had points in Games 2 and 3...those are the only times a Baron has produced a point in consecutive games this series...the Barons have led at an intermission only once in the first five games...they took a 3-2 lead into the third period in Wednesday’s 5-2 win.
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