Once again, Mark Arcobello was a dominant force for the Oklahoma City Barons against the Texas Stars.
Following a send down from the Edmonton Oilers, Arcobello scored in each game against the Stars this week.
“He’s an exceptional hockey player at this level,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “He’s having a good year up in Edmonton … and its good on him to make the Oilers. Getting him back certainly gives us more depth. We can run a line with him on it then come back with Anton Lander’s line, it just gives us more offensive productivity.”
Arcobello’s current stint with the Barons will be short-lived. Since he was sent down after the Olympic cut-off date, he’ll have two weeks off for the Olympic break.
Nelson said Arcobello was sent down to get some more game time since he hadn’t been playing much in the NHL. After the Olympic Break Arcobello may return to the Barons, but Nelson said that situation is still to be determined.
Stars struggle on special teams
Even though they lost, Texas finished with quality chances and outshot Oklahoma City 36-31.
However, Texas’ power play went scoreless on four chances and conceded two goals on the penalty kill.
“If we’re going to be a playoff team there are lots of things we have to do to be better,” Stars coach Willie Desjardins said. “We can’t give up as many goals against. Maybe we’re not going to score on our power play, but we have to be better on our penalty kill.”
Former teammates throw down
During the second period Austin Fyten and Ryan Button squared off in an entertaining fight. Both players removed their helmets and each player exchanged heavy blows.
Fyten played 11 games with Texas last season and his ECHL rights are owned by the Idaho Steelheads.
After the game Fyten and Button had already buried the hatchet, in typical hockey player fashion. Fyten stopped by the Stars locker room to talk to some of his former Steelheads’ teammates, including Justin Dowling.
Niltorp to ill to play
Desjardins said Cristopher Nilstorp was too ill to play Tuesday, leading to Josh Robinson getting the start.