Barons win in overtime, host Grand Rapids again Saturday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: March 11, 2011
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The Barons' connection from Stockton, Calif., came through.

Mark Arcobello scored twice and assisted on Anthony Aiello's game-winner in overtime as the Barons beat the Grand Rapids Griffins 6-5 in an American Hockey League game Friday night before 3,836 fans at the Cox Center.

Both AHL rookies have spent much of their time this season with the Edmonton Oilers' ECHL affiliate, the Stockton Thunder.

“It was great for the guys to have a game like this,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “We've had a hard time scoring goals lately, but that line of (Chris) VandeVelde, Arcobello and (Teemu) Hartikainen was just outstanding tonight.”

Every player on the newly formed line scored as the Barons had more than three goals for the first time since Jan. 29. The Barons have been lacking offense lately since the NHL Oilers have recalled several Oklahoma City standouts, including top goal scorer Alexandre Giroux.

“Shame on me for not putting them together earlier,” Nelson said.

The Barons host Grand Rapids again at 7:05 tonight before embarking on a nine-game road trip. Oklahoma City does not return home until April 1.

The Famous Chicken, best known for performing at baseball games, will perform tonight.

Aiello likely wouldn't have been in the lineup if it wasn't for the Oilers' Thursday swap of defensemen Alex Plante and Jeff Petry.