The Barons cut the Checkers' lead to 2-1 on a goal by Curtis Hamilton 18:16 into the second period, giving the 4,159 fans in attendance Friday some hope for a comeback win.
But the Checkers scored early in the third period and the Barons couldn't muster any offense after that.
“We had an opportunity, going into the third period down one goal,” Nelson said. “There's been some games where we've come back in the third period, but tonight it didn't happen for us.”
Even with the loss, the Barons still lead the American Hockey League's Western Conference in points and have the best record in the AHL. The Barons lead second-place Houston by nine points in the West Division.
“We are not satisfied with the outcome obviously, but we have created a bit of a cushion,” Nelson said.