By Carter Baum,

The Oklahoma City Barons scored three goals in each of the first two periods en route to a 7-3 win over the Charlotte Checkers Friday night at the Cox Convention Center.  Jonathan Cheechoo tied a franchise record with five points (1-4-5), while Philippe Cornet and Mark Arcobello each had four points (2-2-4).


The Checkers got on the board first on a power-play goal after Magnus Paajarvi was sent off for holding. Brett Sutter scored for Charlotte off of a scramble in front of the Barons net at 7:39 of the first with assists to Justin Shugg and Chris Terry.


The Barons answered just over a minute later, to make it 1-1, on a breakaway goal by Philippe Cornet from Jonathan Cheechoo at 8:25 of the first period.


Charlotte didn’t wait long to regain their one-goal advantage, making it 2-1, as Luke Pither put one past Barons starter Niko Hovinen at 9:35 of the period with assists to Terry and Justin Krueger.


The Barons once again answered with a goal of their own to tie it 2-2. Mark Arcobello scored after Cheechoo walked past a Checkers defender and slid the puck across to an open Arcobello. The goal came at 15:02 of the back-and-forth opening frame with the second assist credited to Cornet.


Oklahoma City was able to capitalize on a penalty by Justin Shugg late in the period to take a 3-2 lead when Cornet scored his second goal of the night.  A point shot from Brett Clark deflected off of Cheechoo and eventually off of Cornet.  The Barons took a 3-2 lead to the locker room after the first period. Oklahoma City outshot Charlotte 18-8 in the period.


The middle frame opened with physical play, including a tussle between Colten Teubert and Brett Bellemore at 2:40 of the period. Teubert and Bellemore were each assessed five minutes for fighting, but Charlotte ended up with two additional minor penalties, resulting in a 5-on-3 power play for the Barons.


Oklahoma City struck quickly on the two-man advantage.  Cheechoo scored his first as a Baron, snapping home a shot from the deep slot.  That goal chased starter Justin Peters from the goal.


Tony Rajala made it 5-2 Oklahoma City at 8:38 of the period with assists to Arcobello and Martin Marincin. Chris VandeVelde scored for the Barons less than a minute later from Kristians Pelss and Andrew Hotham at 9:30 to make it 6-2 Oklahoma City.


Charlotte got on the board before the end of the period on the power play after Alex Plante was charged for