The Barons had outshot opponents in 15 of their previous 16 games but Charlotte owned a commanding 18-3 edge late in the first period.
More importantly the Checkers led the game 2-0.
“Our guys on the bench got (ticked off),” Nelson said. “It was like, ‘Enough of this.' From that point on we started playing more physical.”
From that point on, the Barons outshot 28-17 and scored the game's final five goals.
Charlotte's first goal by Sean Dolan originally was disallowed for interfering with Oklahoma City goaltender Yann Danis. After officials conferred for more than a minute, the goal stood for a 1-0 Checkers lead midway through the first period.
Less than two minutes later Zach Boychuk scored his second goal of the series on a breakaway. OKC finally regained momentum late in the first period on a Cheechoo goal.
“They came at us pretty hard at the start but (Danis) kept us in it,” Jones said. “But it's a 60-minute game. Just like (Friday) night it was back and forth. We knew if we could get that first one to cut into that (2-0) deficit we'd be right back in it.”
The Barons controlled play much of the second period. They finally tied it on Jones' 40-foot slap shot late in the second period and dominated the third period.
Game 3 is Wednesday night in Charlotte.
“Anytime your backs are to the wall you're going to come out fighting a little harder,” Cheechoo said. “It's too bad we didn't do that from the start. That's what we need to do the next game.”