HAMILTON, Ontario — Mark Arcobello continued a crazy-good streak since joining the Oklahoma City Barons. He scored two goals, including the game-winner on the power play with 13:11 left in the second period, to give Oklahoma City a 2-1 American Hockey League decision over Hamilton on Friday night in the FirstOntario Centre.
Arcobello, who spent most of the first half of the season with the Edmonton Oilers, has helped a once-struggling Oklahoma City team join the Western Conference playoff chase. Arcobello has nine goals and 22 points in just 11 games since he was sent down by Edmonton for playing time.
The Barons (27-24-8) picked up two more standings points, but they remained two points shy of Milwaukee for the final playoff berth in the conference. Milwaukee routed Rockford on Friday night.
Hamilton (25-26-5) led 1-0 early in the first period on a Nathan Beaulieu goal, but Arcobello answered about four minutes later with an unassisted, even-strength score against former Oilers teammate, goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
Oklahoma City outshot the Bulldogs 40-24. Everyone but defensemen David Musil and Denis Grebeshkov had a shot on Dubnyk, who has played this season for Edmonton, Nashville and now the Montreal Canadiens’ affiliate in Hamilton.
OKC wraps up its three-game road trip with a 4:05 p.m. game Sunday at Rochester, N.Y.