BLOG: Oklahoma City clinches playoffs
The Oklahoma City Barons clinched the final spot in the 2014 American Hockey League playoffs by earning a point in their overtime win against the Iowa Wild. With losses by Charlotte and Rockford, the Barons needed only one point to secure the 16th and final spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs and did so with a 4-3 overtime victory tonight.
Dealing with over 150 roster transactions, numerous injuries and having 55 players play for the team this season, including eight goalies, the Oilers’ affiliate earned points in 24 of their final 31 games to finish 8th in the Western Conference.
The Barons, under Head Coach Todd Nelson, have made the playoffs each of his four seasons at the helm. They lost in the first round in 2011 followed by losses in back-to-back Western Conference Finals in each of the last two seasons.
The Barons will close out the regular season with a game against the Wild tomorrow night.
Oklahoma City will face the top-seeded Texas Stars in the first round.