Goaltender Richard Bachman said traditional advantages seem magnified when teams get on a roll at home, factors like playing in front of hometown fans, sleeping in your own bed and familiar facilities.
“I try not to get caught up in the (streak), but one thing they always say is you need to take care of your business at home and split on the road,” Bachman said. “For us it’s a situation we need to win almost every game, home or road.”
The Barons have played well on the road since Mark Arcobello, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, was re-assigned to OKC.
Notching a 13-2-2 record the past seven weeks, the Barons are tied with Milwuakee for the eighth place, which is the final playoff berth. OKC is only two points behind Rockford (seventh) and three behind Rochester (sixth).
“We’ve really matured a lot as a team since Christmas,” said defenseman Brad Hunt. “Rookies aren’t rookies anymore and second-year guys aren’t really second-year guys. Everyone has stepped up. It’s been fun, but we need to keep it going.”