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Oklahoma City Barons: Barons blow three-goal lead, lose to Rockford

Rockford is the hottest team in the American Hockey League, but OKC coach Todd Nelson disappointed with how Barons lost the lead and then the game.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Published: March 9, 2013

The IceHogs' offensive explosion overshadowed a solid game from OKC left winger Philippe Cornet, who scored two goals and added an assist.

A starter in the AHL All-Star game last year, Cornet started this season with Stockton in the ECHL when some of the Edmonton Oilers young stars opened the season in Oklahoma City. He has spent the past two months in OKC.

“It wasn't easy going down to Stockton, something I didn't anticipate doing,” Cornet said. “I need to take responsibility up here and help us find a way to win.”

Cornet's ninth Barons goal of the season gave OKC a 1-0 lead a little more than a minute into the game. Cornet's second goal, set up by Brett Clark's pass, made it 2-0.

Team captain Josh Green gave OKC a 3-0 cushion midway through the first period. Mark Arcobello's 18th goal of the season, his 50th point, made it 4-1 but the IceHogs steamrolled the Barons the final 30 minutes.

“This is unacceptable,” Cornet said. “We have to find a way to keep those type of games out of reach. It doesn't matter how good they're playing. It comes down to the way we play. We can't let teams hang around and steal two wins in our home building.”


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