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).”