Oklahoma City Barons: Jonathan Cheechoo ties franchise record during Barons rout

The former NHL All-Star had five points as Oklahoma City beats Checkers 7-3 at Cox Center
by Michael Baldwin Published: February 1, 2013

photo - Oklahoma City's Jonathan Cheechoo (18) scores a goal against Charlotte goalie Justin Peters (35) next to Oklahoma City's Philippe Cornet (15) and Charlotte's Rasmus Rissanen (2) during an AHL hockey game between the Charlotte Checkers and the Oklahoma City Barons at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Jonathan Cheechoo (18) scores a goal against Charlotte goalie Justin Peters (35) next to Oklahoma City's Philippe Cornet (15) and Charlotte's Rasmus Rissanen (2) during an AHL hockey game between the Charlotte Checkers and the Oklahoma City Barons at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Scoring wasn't a problem Friday night. The Barons fired 37 shots at Charlotte's two goaltenders and led 6-2 midway through the second period.

“It's amazing how that works,” Nelson said. “Last night (a 2-1 loss to Charlotte), we had a hard time scoring. Tonight, they came in bundles. It was nice to get those two power play goals (for a 4-2 lead). That was the turning point in the game.”

Cornet, an AHL All-Star last season, has spent half the season with Stockton in the Double-A ECHL. After scoring 24 goals for OKC last season, Cornet's two goals Friday night were his third and fourth of the season.

“I played a lot more in Stockton than I would have played here. It did me some good,” Cornet said. “It's good to be back here with the guys. I just want to play my best every night and help us win.”

Cornet's first goal came on a breakaway off a turnover to tie the game 1-1 midway through the first period. His second goal, a tip-in power-play goal, gave OKC a 3-2 lead late in the first period.

Cheechoo scored a power-play goal early in the second period. Toni Rajala, an ECHL All-Star, scored his fifth goal in his 15th games with the Barons. Chris VandeVelde scored 52 seconds later to produce a 6-2 lead.

“We had things going all night long,” Cheechoo said. “We wanted to keep that rolling. We didn't want to fall into the trap of slipping back when you get a little bit of a lead. We wanted to keep the pressure on them.”


by Michael Baldwin
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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