The Oklahoma City Barons added extensive experience on defense Monday, signing Brett Clark to a contract. Clark has played 681 games in the National Hockey League, including all 82 games last season for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has also played for the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets) and the Colorado Avalanche. He has 185 points in 681 games.
Clark's signing comes a day after the Barons signed former NHL scoring champion Jonathan Cheechoo. Clark and Cheechoo should help the recently struggling Barons make up for the loss of seven players recently called up by the Edmonton Oilers, the Barons' NHL affiliate.
Oklahoma City (19-16-5) begins a three-game road trip Wednesday, with a 6 p.m. faceoff against Grand Rapids.
BRONCHOS HOST STARS
Central Oklahoma will host Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a wrestling dual between small college powers at Hamilton Field House in Edmond.
UCO (6-1) is ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II. OCU (6-6) is No. 6 in the NAIA. Central Oklahoma leads the series 9-2, with Oklahoma City winning last year's dual 19-18; the Stars received the winning point on criteria, getting the most falls/technical falls.
The Bronchos have six wrestlers ranked in the top eight at respective weights, including Jordan Basks. The 149-pounder is ranked No. 2; on Monday, he was named Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Wrestler of the Week. He won twice last week, including a 6-3 decision over defending national champion Raufeon Stots of Nebraska-Kearney.
Basks (15-3) is scheduled to face Hunter Muskrat (9-17) or Josh Stewart (14-15) Tuesday night. Another big match will come at 184, where UCO's No. 4 Tanner Keck (15-10) will face No. 5 Mitchell Eichenauer (14-10).
BROOKS HONORED NATIONALLY
Oklahoma senior Tia Brooks was named NCAA Division I Women's Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Brooks, the defending indoor and outdoor national champion in the shot put, dominated at the J.D. Martin Invitational last weekend; she threw 61-feet, 63/4 inches to win the event by nearly 12½ feet. The throw is the third-best in the world for 2013 and tops in the NCAA.