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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

The Barons have had 17 games this season where they haven't scored three goals.

In a wild 7-5 win over Grand Rapids on Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center, the Barons scored three goals in a 48-second span.

They scored six goals in the third period.

“Tonight a lot of weird things were going on,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson, referring to the Griffins scoring on a 130-foot shot. “You didn't know what might happen on the next shift. I'm happy our guys battled back. They played with desperation in the third period.”

Oklahoma City trailed 3-1 after two periods, 4-2 early in the third period.

Jonathan Cheechoo scored the first of his two goals to pull OKC to within one. Four minutes later, Toni Rajala, Philippe Cornet and Dane Byers all scored goals in less than a minute for a 6-4 lead.

“I don't know what really happened there, three goals in less than one minute,” Rajala said. “It's good that for the rest of the season we (know we) can come back from a 3-1 situation and win. It was a great period for us.”

An ECHL All-Star before he was promoted to OKC, Rajala ignited the barrage. The 21-year-old forward from Finland skated in from the left side, faked a shot to draw Grand Rapids goaltender Tom McCollum out of the net and easily scored to tie the game with 10:11 to play.

Just 24 seconds later, Cornet skated in from the right side and scored top shelf to give the Barons a 5-4 lead.

Coincidentally, it was 24 seconds after Cornet's goal that Byers tipped in Taylor Fedun's slap shot to make it 6-4.

“That's quick,” Cheechoo said. “That's something you don't see too often. ... It shows that the momentum can switch, why you can't give up on any game.”

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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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