OKC Barons: Roman Horak shines again, keeps Barons on a roll

Horak's overtime goal gives Oklahoma City a 4-3 win at Charlotte. The Barons have won five straight with a two-game home series Friday and Saturday against Lake Erie.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: February 9, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Roman Horak completed a successful trip to Charlotte — personally and for the team — Sunday afternoon, scoring the winning goal as the Oklahoma City Barons trimmed the Checkers 4-3 in overtime before 8,168 fans at Time Warner Cable Arena. The American Hockey League victory capped a two-game sweep of the Checkers, and Horak finished with four total goals against a team that previously had Oklahoma City's number this season.

Oklahoma City entered the two-game series 0-6 against Charlotte, but Horak starred with a Friday night hat trick and then added the winning goal with 1:32 left in OT on Sunday. He grabbed a Brett Sutter turnover in the Checkers' zone and whipped a shot over the glove of goaltender Mike Murphy. Horak has 15 goals since he was acquired in an early season trade from the Calgary Flames organization.

The Barons (21-22-6) have won five consecutive games, including four away from the Cox Convention Center. Charlotte (22-23-2) lost its fourth straight and fell two standings points behind third-place Oklahoma City in the West Division.

Austin Fyten, Jack Combs and Will Acton scored regulation goals for Oklahoma City. Charlotte's Brody Sutter forced overtime, tying the game 3-3 with 38 seconds left off a rebound.

Mark Arcobello, who had seven points in three games for the Barons since being sent down by the Edmonton Oilers, did not play Sunday. Since Arcobello was on Edmonton's roster for 75 percent of its games before the Olympic break, he is entitled to the time off. It is not known if Arcobello will sit out the entire Olympic break, which ends Feb. 19.

Oklahoma City returns to the Cox Center for 7 p.m. games Friday and Saturday against Lake Erie.