One standings point is good. Two are even better. Especially when it comes to playoff seeding.
The Oklahoma City Barons gladly took both Wednesday night, beating San Antonio 3-2 in an American Hockey League shootout before 5,606 fans at AT&T Center. Josh Green, Mark Arcobello and Toni Rajala scored in the shootout for Oklahoma City; goaltender Olivier Roy stopped three of four Rampage shooters as the Barons (29-22-8) continued to chase one of eight Western Conference playoff berths.
Rajala's ninth goal of the season, assisted by Arcobello, tied the game 2-2 just 1:48 into the third period. Taylor Fedun scored Oklahoma City's first goal of the game, a first-period shot that drew the Barons within 2-1. San Antonio (26-26-6) scored both of its goals while on the power play. Jed Ortmeyer and Jared Gomes scored about 10 minutes apart in the first period.
Oklahoma City next plays 7 p.m. Tuesday against the Rochester Americans at the Cox Center. Tickets are available at the Cox Center box office.
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*The Oklahoma City Barons released defenseman Brett Clark from his American Hockey League contract on Wednesday amid speculation Clark will sign with the Minnesota Wild.
“When Brett chose to sign in Oklahoma City we agreed that if he was to receive an NHL offer he felt was worth pursuing we would release him from his contract,” said Barons general manager Bill Scott. “Brett was a positive influence on and off the ice for our team. He earned this opportunity and we wish him much success.”
Clark is a 36-year-old veteran who has appeared in 681 NHL games, including in all 82 games last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
In 18 games with the Barons, Clark scored 17 points, including 16 assists and posted a plus-7 rating.
*The Edmonton Journal reported that goaltender Yann Danis has been assigned to Oklahoma City. Danis has been serving as the Edmonton Oilers' backup until Nikolai Khabibulin recovered from a groin injury. Danis' return to OKC means the Barons will either carry three goaltenders or Roy or Niko Hovinen will be sent to Double-A Stockton.