Oklahoma City Barons forward Mark Arcobello is likely out for the rest of the regular season with a shoulder injury, according to reports Monday by the Edmonton Journal. Arcobello suffered the injury March 15 against Grand Rapids and has missed the last five games.
The Journal said Arcobello might return to Oklahoma City’s lineup if the team qualifies for the American Hockey League playoffs. It would be a huge addition to a short-handed Oklahoma City squad; Arcobello had 28 points in 15 games since he was sent to the Triple-A team by the Edmonton Oilers.
The newspaper also said Arcobello re-signed with the Oilers for next season.
The Barons (30-27-11) are just four standings points shy of the last playoff berth in the Western Conference. And with only eight games remaining, the task became tougher Monday when the Oilers called up forward Will Acton to replace injured Luke Gazdic.
Acton is the fifth player recently recalled by Edmonton, which has been eliminated from NHL playoff contention. The Oilers also have OKC’s leading scorer, Anton Lander (48 points), Acton (22 points), Tyler Pitlick (22 points), rookie defenseman Oscar Klefbom and rookie goaltender Laurent Brossoit.
The Barons’ second-leading scorer, Roman Horak (40 points), has missed the last few games with an unspecified injury.
Oklahoma City’s next game is 7 p.m. Wednesday against the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Cox Center.
•Mustafa Shakur of the Tulsa 66ers was named Performer of the Week by the NBA Developmental League.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard helped the 66ers win twice by averaging 30.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists. Shakur had a triple double — 29 points, 11 boards and 10 assists —on Friday night against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Shakur recently returned to the team after a brief call-up to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
•Annie Combs of Oklahoma Baptist University was chosen as Sooner Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week. The freshman from Tuttle was 11 of 18 at the plate, including six doubles and two homers. Combs also scored eight times and drove in nine....The SAC picked Kelcie Wolf of Mid-America Christian as Pitcher of the Week. The Blanchard product threw 182/3 scoreless innings with 21 strikeouts and three walks as the Evangels won two games.
•Oklahoma Baptist teammates Stacy Warrior and Paige Kannady were named SAC Women’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week. Warrior, a former Wewoka standout, won the 400 in an NAIA-best 55.49 seconds at the OBU Open. She was also on the 4x400 relay, which won in 3:51.14....Kannady, a junior from Kingfisher, was second in the discus at 44.97 meters.
•OBU also had the top-two Sooner Conference athletes for men’s track. Former Star Spencer standout Kenneth Combs posted the best NAIA times in the 100 (10.38 seconds) and 200 meters (20.93 seconds)....Sophomore Jordan Patterson won the long jump at the OBU Open with a B qualifying standard of 7.08 meters.
•James Marchesani of Oklahoma City U. was picked SAC Men’s Golfer of the Week. The senior shot rounds of 70, 70 and 69 to place second individually and lead the Stars to the Battle At Primm team championship.
•Robert Santana of Mid-America Christian was chosen as SAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week, and teammate Ryan Moseley was the Player of the Week. Santana matched a career high with 16 strikeouts in a 6-1, one-hit win over St. Gregory’s....Moseley, a freshman from Claremore, had six RBIs in a victory over McPherson (Kan.).
•Sabrina Attaway of Oklahoma Baptist was named Defensive Player of the Week by the National Women’s Lacrosse League. The sophomore goaltender made 14 saves and five ground balls in a 12-11 win over the University of Dallas.