By Jim Byers, on 02/21/2014

Brad Hunt scored two goals and Mark Arcobello collected two assists as the Oklahoma City Barons extended their unbeaten streak to eight games in a 4-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday at Van Andel Arena.

With seven wins and a shootout loss in their last eight, the Barons have set a club record unbeaten run, bettering the previous mark of seven set two years ago. They’ve also won five straight road games, matching a club high, and are over .500 for the first time this season at 23-22-1-6.

Richard Bachman earned his 15th win (15-12-2) with 23 saves on 25 shots. He’s been in net throughout the last eight games. Tom McCollum dropped to 19-10-2 by stopping 24 of 28 shots as the Griffins fall to 30-17-2-3.

The Barons out-shot the Griffins 13-8 in the first period, yet trailed 1-0 after one. Calle Jarnkrok snapped home a shot on the power play from just inside the right-wing circle at 16:37 to snap the Griffins’ 0-for-17 drought on the man advantage.

Oklahoma City scored four of the next five goals. Hunt tallied his first of the night on the power play rush at 3:26 of the second on assists from Arcobello and Bachman. Oscar Klefbom gave the Barons a 2-1 lead at 11:02 with a blast from the top of the circle for his first North American professional goal, assisted by Austin Fyten and Matt Ford.

Grand Rapids countered with a goal on a 2-on-1 by David MacIntyre at 11:44. The Barons took the lead for good on the man advantage at 17:41, as Hunt fired a point shot home on help from Roman Horak and Arcobello.

Horak added an insurance goal at 2:17 of the third on a setup from back of the net by Steve Pinizzotto. The teams meet again on Saturday at 6 pm CST at Van Andel Arena. These are the first matchups of the year between the clubs that played in the Western Conference Finals last season, with the Griffins winning 4-3 on the way to a Calder Cup title.


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