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.
The Buffalo Sabres waived former Barons standout Linus Omark on Friday. Omark had no goals and two assists in 13 games with the last-place Sabres, who acquired the winger in a Dec. 19 trade with Edmonton. Omark led the Barons with 29 points in 29 games at the time of the deal. He reportedly asked the Oilers to trade him for a better chance at playing in the NHL.
Mike Harrington, the Sabres beat writer for the Buffalo News, said Omark “showed basically nothing since being acquired from Edmonton for a conditional sixth-round pick. But he sure had a way of getting people to constantly email or tweet me wondering why he wasn't playing more. He wasn't on the ice more because he's not an NHL player.”
If Omark clears waivers, he can report to the Sabres' AHL farm team in Rochester, N.Y.