It was a wacky game Friday night between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Charlotte Checkers. Rather than the Checkers dominating play from one end of the rink to the other while the Baron stand idly by, it was OKC that roared to life when it needed to the most.
An opening goal by Matt Ford in the first period felt comfortable. Then Charlotte unloaded three straight even strength goals, and the depth of sadness set in for the baby copper and blue. Palushaj and two Sutters scored goals in a near thirteen minute span that seemed to crack the door one more time on the dominant spirit the Checkers have over the Barons. Then something magical happened.
Six goals were scored by OKC from the 12:40 mark of the second period to the 11:08 mark of the third to lambast a Charlotte squad that appeared to be hit by a two-by-four to the forehead. Two power play goals, four even strength, and a hat trick by Roman Horak capped off a whale of a comeback.
Richard Bachman would be blessed by good offensive puck possession and thus okay in net. He’d stop 37 of 42 in this one, and be highly efficient more times than not.
Charlotte would score a pair less than a minute apart toward the end of the third period, but Ben Eager would slide in a bit more insurance on an empty netter to finish the game.
Eight Barons had multi-point nights – Horak three goals, Arcobello one goal, one assist, Ben Eager two goals, one assist to highlight a few – as the Barons pasted the Checkers 8-5 in game where OKC scored five goals in the third period alone.
A huge reason the Barons won was the lack of penalties. Four minor minutes were all they acquired with their first two minutes coming via Will Acton near the five minute point of the third. Impressive.
Also impressive was the 50% success on the PP. Well done.
Arcobello continues to dazzle now scoring seven points in three games in high TOI situations. He’s the Barons X Factor for now, but remember he will sit during the Olympic break. Boo.
The Barons play the Checkers again on Sunday for an early matinee rematch. Tune in.