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.”
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.”