HAMILTON, Ontario — The Oklahoma City Barons improved their chances at qualifying for the American Hockey League playoffs Sunday with a 4-0 rout of the Hamilton Bulldogs before 4,369 fans at Copps Coliseum. Oklahoma City (37-24-11) collected two standings points to give it 85 for the season. That keeps the Barons in the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference standings.
The top eight teams qualify.
Barons goaltender Yann Danis stopped 24 shots while posting his first shutout of the season. The offense provided plenty of support as Jonathan Cheechoo, Toni Rajala and Mark Arcobello each accounted for two points.
Philippe Cornet gave Oklahoma City all it needed just 3:41 into the first period by punching home his 14th goal of the season, this one from in front of the crease. Arcobello scored less than a minute later for a 2-0 lead.
Cheechoo and Rajala scored in the second and third periods, respectively.
Hamilton (28-39-6) goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard faced 40 shots. The Bulldogs have been eliminated from the conference playoff race.
The Barons next play 6 p.m. Tuesday in Toronto against the Marlies — a possible first-round playoff opponent should Oklahoma City qualify.
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