By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 03/09/2013

The beginning of the game Saturday night for the Oklahoma City Barons was what the doctor ordered. The team rebounded from the tough loss Friday night by scoring three first period goals, two by Philippe Cornet and fired more shots on goal in the first than they did during the entire game Friday evening. The remainder of the game proved to be a similar result to the events last night. Rockford would score six unanswered goals en route to a 7-4 win over the Barons.

Things looked bright for Oklahoma City when Philippe Cornet scored his first of two goals on the night at 1:04 of the first. A miscommunication between Icehogs goaltender Henrik Karlsson and his defensemen allowed Cornet to scoop up the puck behind the net and wrap it around Karlsson’s far post.

Cornet would strike again with a power-play goal at 9:08. A point shot from Brett Clark was deflected in the air. Cornet waited for the puck to get below the level of the crossbar before swatting the puck under the goaltender’s right arm.

Josh Green would extend the lead to 3-0 after he cashed in on a cross-ice pass from defenseman Martin Marincin.

The last five minutes of the first period, Barons goaltender Niko Hovinen made several key saves to keep the Barons momentum. That included two short-handed breakaway stops. In all, he made 17 saves in the period.

Rockford would get on the board with a power-play by Jimmy Hayes just 1:16 into the second period. However, Mark Arcobello would score just over four minutes later on a long range shot from the right-wing boards. That would prove to be the last goal scored by the Barons.

Icehogs linemates Jeremy Morin and Hayes would each tally goals in the second period to draw Rockford to within a goal at the end of two periods.

In the third period, Rockford goals three minutes apart by Brandon Pirri and Brandon Svendsen would give them the lead they would not relinquish. Morin would add his second of the night to give Rockford a two-goal cushion and Hayes would add an empty-netter for his third goal of the night and seal the 7-4 win.

Hayes recorded five points (3-2-5) on the night while his linemate Morin added four (2-2-4). The win for Rockford is their league-leading eighth win in which they’ve trailed after two periods. Overall, they have won eight of their last nine games.

Barons goaltender Niko Hovinen made 29 saves on the night. His record falls to 4-2-2 on the season. Philippe Cornet finished the evening with three points (2-1-3). Martin Marincin had two assists.

Oklahoma City completes a three games in three nights weekend tomorrow on the road against the San Antonio Rampage. Faceoff is set for 4:30 p.m. and can be heard on the Barons flagship station 96.1 KXY.

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