CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Roman Horak had a hat trick, and Mark Arcobello continued his strong play Friday night as the Oklahoma City Barons whipped the Charlotte Checkers 8-5 in an American Hockey League game before 8,189 fans at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Oklahoma City (20-22-6) won its first game in seven tries this season against Charlotte (22-23-1), recovering from a 3-1 deficit with six consecutive goals over the second and third periods. The Barons also passed the Checkers in the West Division; Oklahoma City is in third place with 46 standings points to Charlotte's 45.
The teams play again at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Charlotte.
Horak, acquired in a trade earlier this season from the Calgary Flames, has 14 goals after Friday's hat trick. His power play goal with 3:11 left in the second period tied the game 3-3. Ben Eager added two goals, including the go-ahead-for-good score, just 27 seconds into the third period. Arcobello finished with a goal and two assists. He has seven points in three games since being sent down by the Edmonton Oilers.