If you want to experience a high level of professional sports and still haven’t caught a Barons game, this is a great chance. I saw these guys play regularly throughout the season and was impressed with the way they finished.
You don’t have to be a hockey nut to get behind this team and it is excellent family fare.
To the uninitiated, the AHL is one step from the NHL, a huge leap in talent from previous hockey leagues in OKC.
BARONS TO FACE HAMILTON
BULLDOGS IN 1ST ROUND OF CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS
(by Josh Evans, OKC Barons)
The Oklahoma City Barons will meet the Hamilton Bulldogs in the first round of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Playoffs, the Barons front office announced today.
The best-of-7 series will be played in a 2-3-2 format, with Game 1 April 14 in Hamilton at 6 p.m. (ct). Game 2 of the series will be April 16 at 3 p.m. (ct). Following two games in Hamilton, the series will shift to Oklahoma City for games 3 – 5. The Barons would host the Bulldogs April 19, 20 and 22 at the Cox Convention Center. Faceoff for the three games is 7:05 p.m. Should the series require Game 6 it will be played in Hamilton on April 24 at 3 p.m. (ct). If the series would need a seventh game, it would be in Hamilton on April 25 at 6 p.m. (ct).
April 14 OKC @ Hamilton Bulldogs 6:30 p.m.
April 16 OKC @ Hamilton Bulldogs 3 p.m.
April 19 Hamilton Bulldogs @ OKC 7:05 p.m.
April 20 Hamilton Bulldogs @ OKC 7:05 p.m.
April 22 Hamilton Bulldogs @ OKC 7:05 p.m.*
April 24 OKC @ Hamilton Bulldogs 3 p.m.*
April 25 OKC @ Hamilton Bulldogs 6:30 p.m.*
* if necessary all times listed as Central Time
The teams split a brief two-game series during the regular season. The Barons won the first meeting 3-2 in overtime in Hamilton in a game seen on NHL Network. The Bulldogs returned the favor with a 3-0 shutout of the Barons December 17 in Oklahoma City. The Bulldogs are the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens and won the North Division.
The Barons finished fifth in the West Division, but had more points than the fourth place team in the seven-team North Division. In that scenario, the fifth place team will take the fourth spot in the other division. Should the Barons advance in the first round, they will continue to play in the North Division.
Tickets for games in Oklahoma City go on sale Monday morning at the Cox Convention Center Box Office at 11 a.m. and at all Ticketmaster outlets.