“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.”