Scrappy Barons fall to Charlotte in overtime

by Michael Baldwin Published: January 12, 2013
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The Barons are still looking for their first win since four young Oilers stars returned to Edmonton after the NHL lockout ended. They should have won Saturday night.

A night after getting embarrassed, the Barons dominated Charlotte only to lose 4-3 in overtime at the Cox Convention Center.

The Barons scored three consecutive second-period goals to take a 3-1 lead but were unable to score an insurance goal or two or protect a late-game lead.

“We played well. Our guys worked hard,” said coach Todd Nelson. “To have it disappear like that late in the third period is difficult.”

Charlotte's A.J. Jenks tied the game 3-3 with 2:28 left on a goal that went through goaltender Yann Danis' legs.

Chris Terry won it for the Checkers with a power-play goal 49 seconds into overtime after Philippe Cornet was whistled for a holding penalty 18 seconds into the extra period.

After losing 7-0 Friday night, the Barons responded with a gritty effort. They dominated much of the game, outshooting the Checkers 35-15 in regulation, including 27-9 the final two periods.

“We just worked harder,” said Toni Rajala, who scored his second goal of the season. “We played pretty well for 57 minutes but then they got a lucky goal.”

Outshooting Charlotte 13-5 in the second period, the Barons scored three consecutive goals to turn a 1-0 first period deficit into a 3-1 lead.

Mark Arcobello started the three-goal barrage when he scored from behind the net 43 seconds into the period. The puck deflected into the net off Charlotte goaltender Justin Peters' back.

“I saw him lean a little bit,” Arcobello said. “I was alone behind the net. It was a little bit of a hope play. I got a little lucky. But it's what I was trying to do.”

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by Michael Baldwin
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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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