The Barons begin a four-game road trip Wednesday night at Houston. The trip also includes stops at Rochester, N.Y. (Friday); Hamilton, Ontario (Sunday); and Toronto (April 16).
“We have to have a good road swing,” said coach Todd Nelson. “We'll play every other day, so it will be like an NHL schedule. It's basically like the playoffs started. But it's been like that the past 25 games.”
After struggling much of the season on the road, the Barons are 6-0-1 away from home the past month. Their last regulation road loss was March 9 at Rockford.
BUCKLAND TO RETIRE
Ben Buckland, who has handled public address duties for Oklahoma City hockey teams since the late 1960s, will retire after the season.
“It just seemed like the right time,” Buckland said. “But I'll still be coming to a lot of games. I'm not sure of the official designation but I'll be an ambassador.”
OIL SPILLS ...
Mark Arcobello, who recorded three assists, has a career-high 61 points to rank among the top 10 scorers in the AHL. ... The Barons penalty kill streak ended at 24. They had gone eight straight games without allowing a power-play goal until Chicago's Brett Sterling scored early in the second period.