The Barons’ big-time scorer is out with a shoulder injury, although he could return if Oklahoma City qualifies for the American Hockey League playoffs. The Edmonton Oilers recalled Barons forward Will Acton on Monday to replace injured Luke Gazdic.
Will Acton had three points Sunday, including a goal that gave Oklahoma City a 4-2 lead in the second period. But Charlotte rallies back for a 5-4 shootout victory. The Barons return to the Cox Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The Oklahoma City Barons picked up a point in the standings, but lost 3-2 in a shootout at Charlotte on Saturday night.
Trailing 2-0 in the third period, the Barons (30-27-2-8, 70 points) rallied to tie it and force overtime. Matt Ford scored on the power play at 17:21, assisted by Taylor Fedun and Andrew Miller. Ford has a goal in a franchise-record five straight games.
Then Fedun scored with six seconds left to tie the game. Will Acton won a faceoff, pulling the puck to Fedun, who fired a shot through a screen for the goal.
After a scoreless overtime, the teams went to the shootout. Alex Lavoie was the lone Baron to score in six tries. Matt Marquardt won it for Charlotte by beating Richard Bachman on the stick
The Barons are hopeful the power-play/goaltender combination that produced a 2-1 win against San Antonio on Tuesday night at the Cox Convention Center is one they can use to make another playoff run.
Goalie Richard Bachman stopped 33 of 34 shots. Both OKC goals were scored with the man advantage.
“This kind of game reaffirms we’re doing the right things,” said defenseman Taylor Fedun. “Even though we lost four games in a row, we were right there against the top two teams in our conference. To get this win, it lets us know we’re still on the right track.”
With 10 games remaining in the regular season, the Barons are tied with Charlotte for ninth place in the Western Conference, both one point behind
The Barons will offer hundreds more $10 seats next season, and are asking fans to help them determine the exact pricing structure.
Fans have until April 3 to choose between Proposal A (a 7,544-seat configuration with more than 2,500 tickets priced at $10) and Proposal B (a 6,468-seat configuration with around 1,500 tickets priced at $10).
This season the Barons are offering only 400 tickets at $10 a game. Fans can vote at okcbarons.com.
ARCOBELLO, HORAK SCRATCHED
Mark Arcobello, the Barons’ all-time scoring leader who has scored in all 15 games since he was re-assigned to OKC on Feb. 2, and Roman Horak, the team’s leading scorer (47 points) while team captain Anton Lander is in Edmonton, both sat out
The Edmonton Oilers have recalled goaltender Laurent Brossoit. He will replace Viktor Fasth, who was injured during an Oilers practice. Fasth was knocked woozy after colliding with Oilers forward Anton Lander.