With the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday, forward Mark Arcobello, the Barons’ all-time scorer, might have played in his final American Hockey League game with Oklahoma City.
Arcobello, who was re-assigned to Oklahoma City a month ago after playing the first three months of the season with Edmonton, has 19 points in nine games with the Barons, including two points in Sunday’s 6-5 win over San Antonio.
“I’m here with this team right now, so that’s what I’m focused on,” Arcobello said. “Whatever happens later this week is nothing I can control.”
NELSON NOTCHES 300th WIN
Todd Nelson collected his 300th career win as a pro coach. Nelson, 44, has compiled 151 wins in four seasons with the Barons. He was 149-58-25 in three seasons with Muskegon in the old United Hockey League.
“Things have been good. I’ve been really blessed to coach some good hockey teams,” Nelson said. “It’s been a good run, but I’m not finished, yet.
“I wasn’t even aware. Fordo (Matthew Ford) always looks at those kind of milestones. It’s something I can be proud of, but then you turn your focus to the next game.”
BUNZ GETS START
Goaltender Tyler Bunz played Sunday’s game to end Richard Bachman’s streak of 12 consecutive starts. Bachman had started every game since Jan. 24.
After appearing in four November games, Bunz spent most of the season with Double-A Bakersfield (Calif.) before being recalled two weeks ago. In his first game with the Barons since Nov. 19, Bunz recorded 31 saves to earn his second career AHL win.
RAMPAGE DEALS WITH ICE ISSUES
On Saturday, the San Antonio Rampage dealt with two ice issues. The Rampage’s game against the Texas Stars on Saturday night was suspended in the first period due to unsafe ice conditions at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Hours later, the Rampage’s bus driver had to slow down for icy roads in Oklahoma. The team arrived in Oklahoma City at 6:15 a.m.
The Barons start a three-game road trip Wednesday night in Utica followed by games in Hamilton (Friday) and Rochester (Sunday). The Barons return home March 11 against San Antonio and a two-game weekend series with defending AHL champion Grand Rapids (March 14-15).