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Barons Week in Review

March 3, 2014 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Oklahoma City Barons News Release

Season record: 26-24-1-6, 3rd, West Division; 9th, Western Conference

- THE WEEK PAST: The Barons enjoyed an undefeated and high-scoring weekend, sweeping their final set of 3 games in 3 days with home victories over the Rockford IceHogs on Friday and Saturday and the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday. The Barons scored 16 goals and allowed 13 in the 3 wins, which upped their franchise-record home unbeaten streak to 8 games, on 7 wins and 1 shootout loss. OKC used late-game dramatics in all three. On Friday, Ben Eager tied the score 4-4 with 2:46 remaining before Tyler Pitlick's first career overtime goal 46 seconds into sudden death propelled the Barons to a 5-4 win. OKC's first and only lead of the game came on the overtime goal. On Saturday, OKC let a 4-2 second-period lead slip away as Rockford scored twice to tie the game 4-4 in the third period. Austin Fyten's first home goal as a Baron with 3:49 to play broke the tie and sent OKC to a 5-4 decision. On Sunday, the Barons opened a 3-0 lead in the first period before San Antonio netted the next 5 goals, taking a 5-3 lead past the half-way mark of the third period. The Barons then rallied with 3 straight goals of their own to win 6-5, as defenseman Brandon Davidson capped the comeback with his first 2 goals of the season. His first tied the game and his second, with 35.2 seconds left in regulation, put OKC in front for good 6-5.

- THE WEEK AHEAD: The Barons spend the week on the road, making their first visit to Utica Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday at 6 pm CST to face the Comets, top affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. In the only other meeting between the teams on Jan. 9, Ryan Hamilton tied the score 2-2 with 4 seconds left in regulation. OKC's Taylor Fedun scored 17 seconds into OT for a 3-2 win. On Friday, the Barons meet the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens) for the first time this season. Opening faceoff at FirstOntario Centre is 6:30 pm CST. The week concludes with the second meeting of the year between the Barons and Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres) on Sunday at 4:05 pm CDT at Blue Cross Arena. The Amerks held off the Barons 4-3 at the Cox Center on Jan. 17 in the previous matchup.

- PLAYOFF SPOT IN SIGHT: OKC's 10-2-0-1 stretch dating to Jan. 30, and a 14-7-0-1 clip since Jan. 1, has placed the Barons 3 points back of a Calder Cup playoff spot as this week begins. OKC is ninth out of 15 Western Conference teams with 59 points. The Milwaukee Admirals open this week in the eighth and final spot with 62 points. The 3 division winners in each conference, plus the next 5 teams based on total number of standing points, qualify for the playoffs.

- NELSON HITS 300: Barons head coach Todd Nelson earned his 300th professional win in Sunday's 6-5 decision over San Antonio. Nelson is 300-167-54 in 7 seasons as a head coach in the American Hockey League and United Hockey Leagues with the Barons and Muskegon Fury.

- FABULOUS FEBRUARY: The Barons went 7-2-0-1 in February, their winningest month of the season. OKC had three players tie for third in the league in scoring for the month with 14 points: Brad Hunt, with 4 goals and 10 assists in 10 games; Mark Arcobello, 5 goals and 9 assists in 7 games; and Anton Lander, also 5 goals and 7 assists in 10 games.

- AUTOMATIC ARCO: Mark Arcobello, named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 2, has points in all 9 games with OKC since being loaned by Edmonton in early February and has totaled 19 points as a Baron this season. His 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) lead the AHL in scoring dating to Feb. 2, when he played his first Barons game this season. Arcobello's 9-game point streak is the longest by a Baron this season and is one away from matching the club record of 10, set by Alexandre Giroux in 2011 and later equaled by Josh Green and Justin Schultz. Arcobello has goals in 7 of his 9 contests and has recorded 7 multi-point games. Arcobello spent the first 4 months of the season with the Oilers, collecting 4 goals and 14 assists in 41 games. He finished last season tied for third in the AHL in points with 68. In 3 games this past week, Arcobello had 3 goals (1 in each game), 4 assists and 8 shots while helping lead the Barons to 3 wins.

- HUNT STAYS HOT: Defenseman Brad Hunt has 12 points in the last 7 games, including at least 1 point in 12 of 14. Hunt is 6th in the AHL in defenseman scoring with 37 points.

This week's games (times listed as Central)

Date Opponent Time Arena Radio

Wednesday, March 5 Utica 6:00 pm Memorial Auditorium KXY 96.1 FM

Friday, March 7 Hamilton 6:30 pm FirstOntario Centre KXY 96.1 FM

Sunday, March 9 Rochester 4:05 pm Blue Cross Arena KXY 96.1 FM

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