The Barons scored three power-play goals in a 6-4 win over Charlotte Sunday afternoon at the Cox Convention Center.
Oklahoma City has scored at least one power play goal in seven consecutive games. The past month, the Barons’ power play has scored at a sizzling 28.1 percent clip.
“Our power play has been clicking pretty good, which is what we’ll need,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “With the team we have right now, when it’s five-on-five, we’ll have to throw a lot of volume of shots on net to generate goals.”
HORAK PROVIDES A BOOST
Sidelined six games with an undisclosed injury, Roman Horak, returned for a pivotal weekend series with Charlotte. In Sunday’s win he scored three points, including his 21st goal.
“It’s always tough when you have to sit and watch games,” Horak said. “With some guys up in Edmonton and guys like Arco (Mark Arcobello) injured I felt I needed to get out there.
“(The injury) is better, but as a player who knows, there’s still something a little different. I’m dealing with it and trying to help the team as much as I can.”
HUNT BREAKS SCHULTZ’S RECORD
Defenseman Brad Hunt notched an assist in Sunday’s game to break Justin Schultz’s franchise record for points by a blue-liner. Hunt has 49 points. He also 38 assists, another franchise record.
“(Schultz) did it half as many games,” Hunt said. “He is such an excellent hockey player. To pass somebody like that is pretty cool, but it would mean a lot more if we made the playoffs.”
The Barons have won four consecutive home games to match their longest home streak of the season.
Since mid-January, the Barons are 12-2-1 at home. Both regulation losses were against defending Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids.
“It’s comforting to know we’ll have our final three games at home,” Nelson said, “but this will have to continue for us to get into the playoffs.”
The Barons play their final two road games of the regular season next weekend (Friday and Sunday) at Abbottsford, a team that’s essentially clinched a playoff berth. Game times are 9 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
“We have to go in with the mindset that we’re going to get four more points,” Hunt said. “We can’t rely on other teams to do things for us. We need to win games so we won’t need any help.”
Oklahoma City closes the regular season with three home games April 16 (first-place Texas), and April 18-19 (last-place Iowa).