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Power-play unit lifts OKC Barons past San Antonio

By Mike Baldwin Published: March 11, 2014

Mark Arcobello’s two-points-a-game pace since he returned to Oklahoma City six weeks ago has given the Barons a shot at making the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

Arcobello’s biggest impact has been on the power play.

The Barons scored three more power-play goals in a 5-2 win over San Antonio on Tuesday night at the Cox Convention Center.

“Right now there’s great chemistry among those five guys,” said coach Todd Nelson. “They really know how to feed off each other. Adding Arco made that unit really strong.”

After spending the first three months of the season with the Edmonton Oilers, the Barons’ NHL parent team, Arcobello has scored 26 points in 13 games with the Barons.

The telling stat is half of Arcobello’s points (13) have come when the Barons have owned the man advantage.

“Arco is very patient with the puck,” said team captain Anton Lander, who scored a goal and added two assists. “He ends up making the type of pass that leads to a goal. Plus, he has a good shot, too.”

Since Arcobello was reassigned to Oklahoma City on Super Bowl Sunday, the Barons have a sizzling 30.5 percent success rate on the power play. They’ve scored at least one power-play goal in 14 of their last 18 games.

Oddly enough, the Barons were in a power-play slump before Tuesday’s three-goal breakout. Going just 1-of-12 on the power play their previous three games, OKC was 3-for-7 against the Rampage.

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