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.”
The Barons tried their best.
Linus Omark put the Barons on the board when he scored his first goal of the season with 31.8 seconds remaining in the second period. It pumped life into the Barons as they went into the locker room for the second intermission.
“That goal late in the period was huge,” said Mark Arcobello. “It (created) momentum. The overall attitude (in the locker room) was ‘we can do this. We've done it before.' It didn't work out this time, but it's always a positive thing to see us push back.”
Tyler Pitlick scored his second goal of the year on an unassisted breakaway. The Barons rookie rebounded his own miss off Checkers goalie Justin Peters' chest and punched in a goal from just in front of the net.
“Hopefully it comes in bunches,” Pitlick said of his scoring.
Unlike past wins, when the Barons struggled with sluggish efforts, Oklahoma City got off to a good start Saturday. But the two quick goals by the Checkers, coupled with Peters' stellar play in the net ultimately formed the perfect recipe to snap the Barons' streak.
“We had our chances to at least tie up the game,” Nelson said. “We just have to start up a new streak (Sunday).”