Veteran Barons forward Matthew Ford scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season in Oklahoma City’s 4-3 loss to Grand Rapids on Saturday night the Cox Convention Center.
“Early this season I was asked to play more of a defensive role,” Ford said. “Now that I’m getting an opportunity on the (power play), I’m trying to make the most of it.”
Seven of Ford’s goals have come as the anchor on the power plays.
“I’ve got the easy job,” Ford said. “I’ve just got to take the goalie’s eyes away and if the puck gets loose throw it back on net.”
ARCOBELLO STREAK CONTINUES
Mark Arcobello recorded an assist on the Barons’ second goal to extend his franchise-record scoring streak to 15 consecutive games.
An AHL All-Star last season, Acrobello has scored in every game since he was reassigned to Oklahoma City on Feb. 2 after starting the season with the Edmonton Oilers.
“He’s such a special player at this level,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “He’s been very consistent ever since he’s been back and also was consistent up in the National League. It’s a real testament to Mark.”
HUNT STAYS HOT
Defenseman Brad Hunt scored two points, including his 11th goal of the season. Hunt is fourth in the AHL in points (44) among defensemen. Hunt has scored 24 points in 18 games in February and March.
“It’s a tribute to my teammates,” Hunt said. “A lot of it has come on the power play, which has really been clicking. We just have to keep it going.”
ACTON RECORDS “TKO”
Hockey fights often are two players holding on to one another, trying to land a good blow, but fans reacted loudly after watching a replay of Will Acton landing a right cross on Grand Rapids defenseman Ryan Sproul.
Sproul, bleeding from the nose, left immediately for the locker room with seven minutes remaining in the second period. Sproul returned for the third period.