OKC Barons' Todd Nelson coaches 500th game

by Michael Baldwin Published: January 4, 2014

After the Barons' 5-3 win over San Antonio Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center, Derek Nesbitt and Matthew Ford presented Todd Nelson with a game puck, representative of his 500th career regular season game as a coach.

“I didn't know,” Nelson said. “Those guys look at stats like that. It was nice of the guys to do that.”


Captain Anton Lander, reassigned to the Barons on Saturday after Edmonton activated Mark Arcobello off injured reserve, arrived in Oklahoma City at 3:30 p.m. A few hours later, Lander scored the game-winning goal with 5:41 to play.

“I had some good food, breakfast at the airport (in Los Angeles),” Lander said. “I was glad I got here in time to play. It was a great win for us.”


Defenseman Martin Gernat, a 20-year-old rookie from Slovakia, scored his first two professional goals in Saturday's win. Gernat has 10 assists. He scored 12 goals in two seasons in the WHL before turning pro last summer.

“He's played in Europe and Canada but I've been in the same situation,” said Lander, from Sweden. “Here it's different rules, a different system. Everything is new. Everyone knows he has great hands. It was great to see him score his first goal.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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