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OKC Barons notebook: Roman Horak burns former teammates

The former Abbotsford Heat centerman had two assists for the Barons.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: November 15, 2013
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HORAK BURNS FORMER TEAMMATES

Barons center Roman Horak, obtained by Edmonton in a trade with Calgary, the parent team for the Abbotsford Heat, compiled two assists against his former teammates Friday night but Oklahoma City failed to preserve a lead, losing 5-4.

“It was awkward, that's for sure,” Horak said. “It's been only a week since I got traded. At the beginning it sort of felt like practice going against these guys. It definitely was a weird feeling.”

ARCOBELLO “SENT DOWN”

The Edmonton Oilers assigned forward Mark Arcobello to Oklahoma City on Friday and recalled defenseman Oscar Klefbom ahead of some of the Barons other young defensemen.

“Anytime somebody goes up the rest of the guys here are thinking, ‘That could have been me,'” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “It's always motivational. In Edmonton's case they were looking for heavier bodies in the back end, and Oscar can provide that.”

There's a chance Arcobello never leaves Edmonton and is recalled by the Oilers on Saturday or Sunday. Edmonton fans on social media weren't happy. A 25-year-old rookie who is the Barons all-time leading scorer, Arcobello is third on the Oilers with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 20 games.

GAME-TYING GOAL WAVED OFF

It appeared defenseman Taylor Fedun tied the game 5-5 with 8:33 to play, but referee Geno Binda waved off the goal. Replays confirmed the original call. Nelson said he never received an explanation.

OIL SPILLS ...

Center Ryan Martindale, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery early in the season, is skating with the team and might be activated the next week or two. ... The Barons were 0-of-1 on the power play and are only 9.7 percent (3-of-31) with the man advantage the past six games.

BY MIKE BALDWIN