Charlotte hit for seven in loss to Barons

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla – Charlotte, after scoring first through Brett Sutter, then allowed a tying goal with Oklahoma’s Philippe Cornet doing the damage. Luke Pitcher then put the Checkers ahead again. All this happened within two minutes of the start of the game. More excitement was to come with Oklahoma scoring five unanswered goals. Two goals in the first period with Mark Arcobello and Phillippe Cornet scoring thus adding to his opening score in the seventh minute.
 
The second period saw things get much worse for Charlotte, firstly Jonathon Cheechoo scored number four for the Barons then Toni Rajala put the fifth goal away. The onslaught did not stop there with Chris VandeVelde scoring the sixth goal. Chris Terry pulled one back at the fifteenth minute mark to make the score 6-3 Barons.
 
Halfway through the third period Mark Arcobello scored his second and Oklahoma’s seventh. After 33 minutes coach Jeff Daniels pulled goalie John Muse, who had made 12 saves from 15 shots. His replacement Justin Peters played 22.49 minutes allowed four goals and made 17 saves from 21 shots. In the Baron’s goal Hovinen Niko, playing his first AHL game, allowed three goals making 28 saves.
 
Seven is the most goals that Charlotte have leaked this season. It wasn’t until the second period that things started to go south, it was then that coach Daniels received a minor penalty for disputing the call this followed a fight between   Charlotte’s Brett Belleman and Baron’s Colten Teubert. This set-up a five v three power play that the Barons quickly jumped on.
 
Oklahoma visit Charlotte for two games March 4th and 5th. The longest break is seven days in length they return to play San Antonio Rampage on Saturday February 9th. This is a special day with the Pinkin the Rink event at Time Warner Cable Arena. The loss to the Barons means Charlotte surrender top spot in the South Division.
 
Eddie.Mitchell@ProHockeyNews.com
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