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Oklahoma City Barons: Jonathan Cheechoo, Philippe Cornet key Barons victory

Cheechoo scores twice, Cornet adds game-winning goal as Oklahoma City rallies to beat Grand Rapids, 4-3. Teams play again at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cox Center.
by Michael Baldwin Published: February 8, 2013

“After practice, me and (assistant) coach Rocky Thompson always practice tips,” Cornet said. “It paid off tonight. It was a good shot by Theo to get it on net. It was a big goal for us, a big win for us.”

A 32-year-old veteran from Moose Factory, Ontario, Cheechoo has nine points in six games since he was signed as a free agent after the NHL lockout.

Cheechoo's first goal Friday night was a sparkling individual play. A forward who led the NHL in goals seven years ago, Cheechoo skated in from the left side, glided through the crease and used a crossover move to score on the right side.

“He was behind me a little so I was using my body to protect the puck,” Cheechoo said. “That's one of the things I need to get back to, things I was doing when I was a little younger. I try to create chances. If I don't put it in rebounds are there for other guys.”

Cheechoo isn't the only veteran addition since the lockout ended. The Barons also signed veteran defensemen Randy Jones and Brett Clark. Jones and Clark have extensive NHL experience.

“This was a big win for us,” Nelson said. “Tonight, we didn't allow many shots against a very good hockey team. We got contributions from everybody. Having three veteran defensemen back there certainly calms things down.”

The Barons and Griffins wrap up the two-game series at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Cox Center.

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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