After losing 7-0 to Charlotte Friday night, Barons coach Todd Nelson changed his lines. Even though the Barons failed to close out a win, losing 4-3 in overtime Saturday night, the changes sparked the offense.
Nelson put Philippe Cornet on a line with Mark Arcobello and team captain Josh Green. That line produced two goals. Arcobello scored his 10th of the season, Cornet his first. Nelson put Toni Rajala with Magnus Paajarvi and Anton Lander. Rajala scored his second goal of the season.
The Barons outshot the Checkers 35-19, including 35-15 in regulation.
“We got contributions from three different people, and we had several other good opportunities,” Nelson said. “As a whole, as a team, we competed tonight. That was the big thing.”
MORE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
Unlike Friday's game, when the Checkers had five of their top seven scorers, Charlotte played without leading scorer Zach Boychuk (32 points) and 14-goal scorer Drayson Bowman, who reported to Carolina for training camp with the NHL's Hurricanes.
The Barons are regrouping after losing four stars. Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz will rank 1-2 in the AHL in scoring for a few more weeks. Former No. 1 overall draft picks Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also returned to Edmonton for training camp with the NHL's Oilers.
PLANTE LEAVES FOLLOWING FIGHT
Defenseman Alex Plante had only one point his first 28 games but recorded his second assist of the season on Arcobello's goal. Plante, though, went to the locker room early in the third period and did not return following a fight with Charlotte defenseman Brett Bellemore.
Plante was holding his right shoulder when he exited. He won't play in Sunday's game.
Mike Linville won a Ford Edge at Saturday's game. The Barons are giving away a new vehicle at every Saturday home game, giving away a dozen vehicles this season. ... The 17 shots allowed in regulation were two shy of the fewest allowed in the Barons' three-year history. ... Arcobello had six shots on goal, Paajarvi and Colten Teubert four each.