Barons defenseman Alex Plante was in the starting lineup Friday for the first time since suffering a concussion Dec. 26 when playing for Edmonton. Plante had an assist and three shots on goal during Friday night's 5-2 win over the Houston Aeros at the Cox Center.
“He probably could've gone last weekend if we were at home,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “We wanted to make sure he was fully ready to go.”
Thursday, Plante and Barons winger Philippe Cornet were named starters for Monday's American Hockey League All-Star Game in Atlantic City, N.J.
Cornet and Plante will be joined by goaltender Yann Danis and winger Ryan Keller in representing the Barons in the game. Nelson will coach the Western Conference team.
The Barons will have an All-Star watch party at the Buffalo Wild Wings on Northwest Expressway. The game begins at 6 p.m.
1. Taylor Chorney, Barons
The defenseman assisted on a pair of goals — Mark Arcobello's first-period power play goal and Teemu Hartikainen's score early in the second.
2. Mark Arcobello, Barons
Arcobello scored a power-play goal early and added an empty-netter to give the Barons a 5-2 victory margin.
3. Josh Green, Barons
Green got the Barons going offensively with a goal less than six minutes into the game.
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Arcobello's goal late in the first period gave the Barons power play goals in three of their last four games.
The stretch comes right after an 0 for 30 drought that Arcobello snapped with his second-period goal Jan. 19 at Rochester.
The Barons are 20-0-1-2 when scoring a power-play goal.
Late in the second period, Hunter Tremblay added a short-handed goal.
The Barons have scored six short-handed goals this season, with Tremblay scoring four of them. Only Hershey's Chris Bourque (5) has more in the AHL this season.
The Barons host the Texas Stars at 7 p.m. Saturday. The first 1,000 fans ages 12 and under Saturday will receive a cowboy hat for 4-H and FFA Night. Tickets are available, starting at $10, at the Cox Center box office. ... After Saturday's game, the team will draw for a pig, goat sheep and an Express Ranches heifer. ... The Barons have outshot opponents in 10 of their last 12 games. ... Filmmakers from the documentary series Oil Change, which follows the Edmonton Oilers, have been in Oklahoma City this week filming content for the series. The series is in its second season. ... The Aeros pulled goaltender Matt Hackett after he gave up four goals in the first two periods.