ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia, Canada — The Barons offered a triple dose of good news to Oklahoma City hockey fans on Sunday.
First, the Edmonton Oilers returned 126 points worth of manpower to their American Hockey League affiliate — defenseman Oscar Klefbom and forwards Tyler Pitlick, Steve Pinizotto, Will Acton and team captain Anton Lander.
Second, Lander scored the deciding goal as Oklahoma City came back to beat the Abbotsford Heat 5-4 in a shootout at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Center.
And third, the Barons moved into sole possession of the last playoff berth in the Western Conference after fellow contenders Rockford and Charlotte lost.
The Barons (34-28-11) wrapped up their regular-season road schedule Sunday, coming back from a 3-1 deficit against an Abbotsford team that has already wrapped up a playoff berth. The Barons enter the final three home games this week — Wednesday vs. top-seeded Texas and Friday and Saturday vs. last-place Iowa — with a two-standings points lead over Rockford and Charlotte.
Oklahoma City has 79 points. The IceHogs and Checkers have 77 points with two games left, including a head-to-head matchup Saturday in Rockford.