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Oklahoma City Barons: Mark Arcobello gets his hat trick, Barons get a win over Charlotte

Arcobello officially was awarded with three goals, all in the third period, to help the Barons rally for a 5-2 win over Charlotte Saturday night in Game 2 of a first-round series.
By Mike Baldwin Published: April 27, 2013
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Mark Arcobello scored the first playoff hat trick in Barons history Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center.

Then again, maybe he didn't.

Arcobello officially was awarded with three goals, all in the third period, to help the Barons rally for a 5-2 win over Charlotte Saturday night in Game 2 of a first-round series.

The controversy on whether Arcobello actually recorded a hat trick centered around the first of three third-period goals. The pivotal goal that broke a 2-2 tie with 11:16 remaining originally was credited to Jonathan Cheechoo.

“I thought it might have hit (Cheechoo's) shin,” Arcobello said. “I still really don't know ... I'm just glad it went in. Our season was on the line.”

Late in the game, officials announced the goal had been changed to Arcobello, who scored an insurance goal with 2:37 left.

Arcobello added an empty-netter with 1:43 left to seal a win that tied the best-of-five series 1-1.

“I don't care who scored it,” said coach Todd Nelson. “Hopefully this kick starts us and we understand this is the way we have to play.”

The mystery goal was set up by a nice centering pass from defenseman Randy Jones, who had a goal and two assists. Cheechoo and Arcobello both charged the net hard, poking at the puck in the crease.

“I think you can flip a coin,” Jones said. “It doesn't really matter who scored it. The most important thing is a W at the end.”

Having lost Game 1 in a short five-game series, the Barons were down two goals early in Game 2.

Riding the momentum of an overtime win Friday night in the series opener, the Checkers dominated play early.

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