OKC Barons: Barons remain in playoff race despite another shootout loss at Charlotte

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.
From Staff Reports Published: March 30, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Oklahoma City Barons picked up another standings point Sunday, but they still dropped a 5-4 American Hockey League shootout to the Charlotte Checkers before 8,011 fans at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Charlotte (36-30-3) outscored the Barons (30-27-11) 2-1 in the best-of-5 shootout, with Justin Shugg beating Oklahoma City goaltender Richard Bachman for the winner. Charlotte bested the Barons 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday night.

Oklahoma City, which played the weekend series without top scorers Roman Horak and Mark Arcobello due to injuries, remains in contention for the Western Conference playoffs. The Barons have 71 standings points, just four behind Rockford and Charlotte for the eighth and final playoff berth. But shootout setbacks might eventually sack OKC’s chances for the postseason; out of 10 shootout opportunities, the Barons have failed to pick up an extra standings points nine times.

Will Acton had three points on Sunday for Oklahoma City, including a goal at the 8:06 mark of the second period. That gave the Barons a 4-2 lead, but Charlotte rallied back. Zach Boychuk and Jared Staal scored 53 seconds part in the second for a 4-4 tie.

Acton’s 12th goal of the season chased starting goaltender Mike Murphy. John Muse took over for the final 36:54 and stopped 27 shots. The only goal he allowed in the shootout was to Jack Combs on the second of five OKC attempts.

The Barons return to the Cox Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday against the Hamilton Bulldogs.