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OKC Barons: Barons on four-game skid, clinging to playoff hopes

Oklahoma City will try to pick up two standings points at 7 Tuesday night against a last-place San Antonio team.
By Mike Baldwin Published: March 24, 2014

Mark Arcobello, the Barons’ all-time scorer, has at least one point in a franchise-record 15 consecutive games since being reassigned to OKC on Feb. 2. But he sat out last weekend’s two games at Texas with an undisclosed injury. Arcobello is listed day-to-day.

“We were scoring four or five goals a game, but we dropped by more than a goal a game,” Nelson said. “We have to play better on defense and try to get back to where our offense is cranking it up again.”

Veteran goaltender Richard Bachman has started 19 of the past 21 games. Nelson plans to ride Bachman down the stretch, but Ty Rimmer, recalled Monday from Quad City of the Central Hockey League, might need to provide occasional relief.

“I think Richard was maybe getting a little fatigued, so we gave him the game off last Saturday,” Nelson said. “We’ll play it by ear. (Rimmer) will get one game this weekend when we play at Charlotte Saturday night and a quick turnaround Sunday afternoon.”

Regardless who is net, the Barons need to string some wins together if they’re to reach the playoffs.

“We’re still playing pretty good hockey,” Nelson said. “Those losses came against the top two teams in the conference. We’re right there. We now have an opportunity to get some wins against teams below us. The bottom line is we have to take care of business.”


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