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.”
LANDER ARRIVES IN TIME
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.”
GERNAT SCORES FIRST TWO GOALS
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.”
HAMILTON STAYS HOT
Forward Curtis Hamilton has scored a point in four consecutive games, including five goals. Hamilton scored two goals in back-to-back games, had an assist in Friday's win in San Antonio and scored his fifth goal of the season in the second period Saturday.
“He's played well on the penalty kill and we knew he had some skill to score some points,” Nelson said. “It's rewarding for him because he's been doing the necessary things defensively. It's great to see him get some points offensively.”
Goaltender Richard Bachman notched his second win since returning from a groin injury a month ago, the other a 2-0 shutout against the Texas Stars. Saturday's win ended a four-game winless streak for Bachman. ... The Barons, who didn't face a sub-.500 team in December, went 2-7-3 in December. ... Lander was the Barons' 92nd roster transaction of the season. In contrast, San Antonio, the Florida Panthers' Triple-A affiliate, has had only 50 roster transactions.