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Barons: OKC continues to roll, whips Houston to extend first-place lead

Mark Arcobello has two goals as Barons move 17 games above .500. OKC hosts Texas Stars at 7 p.m. Saturday.
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, Published: January 27, 2012

“You try to get the guys as prepared as you can going into the third period,” Nelson said. “The whole thing in the third period is I don't think we won a draw until late in the game. Anytime you lose draws like that, you're chasing the puck down and all Houston did was zip and tip in our defensive zone and they outworked us.

“If we win those draws, the tables are turned. You have to bear down in those situations.”

The season series with Houston is indicative of how the Barons' season has gone. After Friday's win, the Barons are 6-0-0-0 against the Aeros, but three of the wins came in shoot-outs.

“They're a good team, we know that,” Barons winger Mark Arcobello said. “We seem to rise to the occasion every time we play them. We need to keep that up.”

Arcobello scored a pair of goals, including an empty-netter to seal the win. The final goal extended the Barons streak of multi-goal scorers to four games. Arcobello started the streak Jan. 19 at Rochester.

The Barons are seven standings points ahead of the second-place Aeros.

Josh Green got the scoring started, beating Matt Hackett from the high slot less than six minutes into the game.

The Barons added another in the first period and two more in the second period, including a shorthander by Hunter Tremblay.