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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
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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

Barons general manager Bill Scott signed former NHL All-Star Jonathan Cheechoo after four Oilers stars returned to Edmonton when the lockout ended.

Cheechoo tied the club record with five points Friday night in Oklahoma City's 7-3 win over Charlotte in front of 3,455 fans at the Cox Convention Center.

“We were just waiting to see when Jonathan was going to break out. Tonight was the night,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “Just like when Jordan (Eberle), Taylor (Hall) and Nuge (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) were here, it took a few games for him to get used to the style of play. And Cheech hadn't played all year.”

Cheechoo has scored 170 NHL goals, including a league-leading 56 seven years ago with the San Jose Sharks. The 32-year-old right winger from Moose Factory, Ontario, has spent the past two seasons in the AHL.

“I knew they lost some guys here,” Cheechoo said. “This is a great opportunity. They have a great coach who gives us some freedom and lets us use our creativity.”

Oklahoma City's top forward line produced five goals. Mark Arcobello scored his 13th and 14th goals and had two assists. Philippe Cornet also scored two goals and added two assists.

Arcobello's first goal late in the first period tied the game 2-2. Cornet followed with a power-play goal to give OKC a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

“We got a few practices under our belt as a line,” Cheechoo said. “We're starting to feel a little more comfortable.”

The Barons have been hard pressed to produce consistent scoring since the “Fab Four” returned to Edmonton.

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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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