Barons rookie defenseman Nathan Deck scored his first career AHL goal, late in the first period, to tie the game 1-1. Deck slapped home a shot in the crease off a nifty pass from team captain Josh Green from behind the net.
“It was a special moment to get my first goal, but it was bittersweet losing a game like that,” Deck said. “We were so close but so far. We just have to find ways to score goals and bear down around their net. It is what it is. We have to move on. We have (Friday) to come back at them.”
Oklahoma City and Charlotte play again at 7 p.m. Friday in the Cox Center.
Roy recorded 27 saves, including a breakaway chance late in the first period. Roy also robbed Justin Shugg late in the second period when the Checkers were on the power play.
“I can't fault him for what happened tonight,” Nelson said of Roy. “He made the saves we needed and gave us a chance to win.”
Roy has been in net most of the past three weeks, but starter Yann Danis is returning from Edmonton. The Oilers also picked up Niko Hovinen off waivers from Philadelphia and assigned him to OKC. For the time being, the Barons will carry three goalies.
“I'll just what I can do, what I can control,” Roy said. “When I get a chance to play, I want to make the best of it and give our team a chance to win.”