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Quick three-goal flurry lifts Barons past Grand Rapids

OKC scored three times in 48 seconds to come back for a win on home ice.
by Michael Baldwin Published: February 9, 2013

A 32-year-old former NHL All-Star, Cheechoo has scored 12 points in seven games since he signed with the Barons after the NHL lockout ended.

Cheechoo's fourth goal of the season early in the third period drew the Barons to within 4-3. His other goal was an empty-netter with 54 seconds left. Cheechoo poked the puck into the empty net while being pulled down to the ice.

“You have to take advantage of those chances when there's no goalie in there,” Cheechoo said. “It's tough enough that they have such big pads nowadays. It's great anytime you get a chance to race to the puck and put the game away.”

The Barons jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but OKC goaltender Yann Danis allowed two soft goals that helped the Griffins lead 3-1 after two periods.

Oklahoma City answered with six third-period goals, which tied the club record.

“You don't see that very often,” Cornet said. “When the next shift scores right after a goal it's really big. We just kept on rolling and they couldn't stop us.”

Nelson has coached or played in nearly 1,500 professional games. Saturday's game wasn't the craziest but it stands out.

“You don't see that very often,” Nelson said. “I'm happy it happened tonight. We needed this win. Everybody needs (standings) points but we're clawing to get into the playoffs. The playoff race started right after the All-Star break.”

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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