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Barons: Mark Arcobello, Yann Danis lead OKC to comeback win over Texas

Danis returns after two-week layoff due to knee injury. Arcobello scores winner with 5:05 left in the game.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: March 16, 2012

CEDAR PARK, Texas — Mark Arcobello accounted for two points in the third period Friday night, and the Oklahoma City Barons trimmed the Texas Stars 4-3 in an American Hockey League game before 4,734 fans at the Cedar Park Center.

Arcobello had an assist on Taylor Chorney's sixth goal of the season, which tied the game 3-3 with 16:25 left in the game. Arcobello then gave Oklahoma City its only lead of the game with 5:05 remaining. His 13th goal of the season was a left-circle shot that beat netminder Tyler Beskorowany.

Texas (27-31-4) had three power-play opportunities in the third period, including a brief two-man advantage. But the Stars' high-scoring offense failed to beat goaltender Yann Danis, who was playing his first game in two weeks. Danis has been sidelined with a sore knee.

Oklahoma City (38-17-8) trailed 2-0 after the first period. Brenden Dillon gave the Stars a 1-0 lead on a fluke goal. The puck bounded off the end boards and ricocheted off Danis' elbow and into the net. Dillon drew an assist on Mike Hedden's goal 12 minutes later.

The Barons tied it 2-2 in the second period on Ryan Keller and Bryan Helmer goals, but Texas led 3-2 at the end of the period after Matt Fraser scored a team-best 30th of the season.

Oklahoma City maintained a 10-point standings lead over Houston and Abbotsford in the chase for the Western Division championship. The Barons also remained five points ahead of Toronto for the Western Conference's No. 1 playoff seed. Houston, Abbotsford and Toronto all won Friday night.

The Barons and Stars play again at 7 p.m. Saturday in Cedar Park. Oklahoma City wraps up a three-games-in-three-days stretch at 5:05 p.m. Sunday in Houston.


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