OKC Barons fall to Charlotte, snap 6-game win streak

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: November 12, 2011

Todd Nelson told his team.

But it's not that the Barons didn't listen.

It was more like they just couldn't do much about what happened to them this time.

Oklahoma City fell 3-2 to Charlotte on Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center. The loss snapped a franchise-best six-game winning streak, while dropping the Barons to 10-3-0-1 and back into a tie for the West Division lead in the American Hockey League.

In some ways, the Barons were due for this defeat.

For much of the past week, Oklahoma City watched wins crystallize in comeback fashion. Friday's 1-0 win over this same Checkers team was the lone exception.

On Saturday, Charlotte was just too much.

The Checkers scored their first two goals in the first 7 1/2 minutes and took a commanding 3-0 lead at 6:33 in the second period.

The Barons battled back, but this time the deficit simply was too much to overcome.

“Once they got the second goal, we kind of had a bit of a letdown,” Nelson said. “They scored the third goal in the second and we started coming on a bit. We got a goal there at the end of the second period, and we thought that maybe we could pull it off again. But we talked about going to the well too often. It's pretty hard to come back from a three-goal deficit.”