GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Oklahoma City center Mark Arcobello entered the Western Conference Finals as the leading scorer in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
But until the third period of Game 2 Saturday night, he had been relatively quiet.
Arcobello reappeared when his team needed him the most and scored the game-winner to propel the Barons to a 4-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins before 5,435 at Van Andel Arena.
Oklahoma City evened the series at 1-1, and will host the next three games. Game 3 is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Arcobello scored at the 7:45 mark of the final period to snap a 2-2 tie.
Philippe Cornet threw a shot toward the net that hit off Grand Rapids goaltender Petr Mrazek's pad and Arcobello smacked at the rebound.
The puck deflected up and landed in the net behind Mrazek.
“I whacked at it, and the next thing I know it was up in the air,” Arcobello said. “I saw it pop in the air, and I saw (Mrazek) looking for it. Obviously he didn't see it, and it bounced behind him. We got a lucky bounce, but we made our own luck, and I felt like our line deserved one there.”
The goal was Arcobello's first of the series and 10th of the playoffs after his five-game goal streak was snapped in Game 1. He currently has a nine-game point streak.
“I'm going to keep trying to contribute to the win, and if I'm not going and we get the win, it doesn't really matter,” Arcobello said. “It's good to see other guys picking me up and putting the puck in the net, too, and I definitely felt like we were a lot of fresher tonight than (Friday night). We came out strong and maintained pretty good pressure all night.”
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