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Power-play unit lifts OKC Barons past San Antonio

By Mike Baldwin Published: March 11, 2014
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“Special teams are such a big key in hockey,” Lander said. “If you have a good penalty kill and a good power play, that’s huge. We need to work on our PK some, but the power play has been really strong.”

Nelson said Matthew Ford’s role is often overlooked. Ford, who scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season in Tuesday’s win, is a big body camped near the net who can stuff in rebounds.

“Fordy does a great job providing screens,” Nelson said. “On the flanks you have Anton and Arco that are a threat off the sides. You have (Roman) Horak in the middle and you finish it off with Brad Hunt, who has a bomb from the point.”

The Barons broke open a 1-1 tie with two power-play goals late in the first period. Acrobello had the key assist on Hunt’s and Lander’s goals.

Since Arcobello was reassigned to Oklahoma City six weeks ago, the Barons are 13-2-2 the past six weeks to move into a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference.

“You have four really skilled forwards, plus Hunt,” Nelson said. “Everybody on that power-play unit brings a little something different to the table. No question, one big reason we’ve had success lately is our power play has really been clicking.”