ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Mark Arcobello had two goals and two assists Thursday night as the Oklahoma City Barons whipped Rochester 5-2 in an American Hockey League game before 3,548 fans at Blue Cross Arena.
The Barons forward was the game's first star with the four-point night, which included a power-play goal late in the second period that gave Oklahoma City a 3-1 lead. That goal, Arcobello's sixth of the season, ended a skid in which the Barons failed to score on 30 previous power-play chances. Arcobello assisted on a goal from Hunter Tremblay, which tied the game 1-1 in the first period, and then on Philippe Cornet's team-high 18th goal of the season, in the second period.
Teemu Hartikainen also scored for Oklahoma City.
The Barons (25-11-2-3) increased their first-place lead in the West Division to four standings points over Houston and Abbotsford. Those teams were idle Thursday night.
Goaltender Yann Danis made 20 saves to help Oklahoma City pick up a little revenge on the Americans. Rochester swept a two-game series against the Barons in late December at the Cox Center. Both of those games went past regulation time.
Paul Szczechura gave Rochester (17-14-5-3) a 1-0 lead at 7:53 of the first period Thursday night. Oklahoma City countered with five consecutive goals against David Leggio, who was working with a defense depleted by player promotions to the Buffalo Sabres.
The Barons and Americans play for the final time this regular season at 6:35 p.m. Friday in Rochester.
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