ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Oklahoma City Barons are back atop the American Hockey League with the most standings points after defeating the Rochester Americans 4-2 on Friday night before 6,281 fans at Blue Cross Arena. The Barons have won three consecutive games — including two straight in Rochester — and have 57 standings points for the season.
The Hershey Bears (Pa.) are second with 55 points; the Bears lost to Binghamton (N.Y.) 4-3 on Friday night.
Oklahoma City (26-11-2-3) swept a two-game series at Rochester, making amends for the Americans' two victories last month at the Cox Center. On Friday night, defenseman Dylan Yeo scored two goals, 1:41 apart in the first period, to give the Barons a lead they would never relinquish. Although Rochester (17-15-5-3) would draw within 2-1 and 3-2, the Barons clinched the victory with 1:17 left in the game on Hunter Tremblay's eighth goal of the season.
Tremblay had a goal and assist Thursday during Oklahoma City's 5-2 victory.
Curtis Hamilton added his fourth goal of the season halfway through the third period to give the Barons a 3-1 lead.
Oklahoma City goaltender Yann Danis picked up his second win in as many nights and 17th of the season. Danis blanked the Amerks for just over 40 minutes Friday before Jacob Lagace put his team on the scoreboard.
The Barons end the three-games-in-three-nights road trip with a 6:30 p.m. game Saturday vs. Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. Oklahoma City returns to the Cox Center at 7 p.m. next Friday against the Houston Aeros.