Rookie defenseman Martin Gernat scored the Barons only goal Saturday night in a 2-1 loss to Charlotte. Gernat has three goals in 27 games with Oklahoma City, all on the current seven-game homestand.
“We're starting to see the offensive side to him,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “With these young guys it's always a work in progress. They have to learn all the things about going through their first pro season and try to develop some consistency.”
After Saturday's game the Barons kicked off their inaugural WinterFest downtown at the Myriad Gardens, a 24-hour skating festival at the Devon skating rink.
Notable Barons appearances include: Tyler Pitlick (6-7 a.m.); C.J. Stretch (7-8 a.m.); Richard Bachman (9-10 a.m.); Matthew Ford (9-10 a.m.); Taylor Fedun (11 a.m.-noon); Derek Nesbitt (noon-1 p.m.) and Brad Hunt (4-5 p.m.); former OKC Blazers players autograph session (4-5 p.m.)
Demonstrations include: OKC figure skating club (1-2 p.m.); Oklahoma curling club (3-3:30 p.m.); sled hockey, similar to wheelchair basketball (3:30-4:30 p.m.).
Admission is free. Skate rentals are available for $7. WinterFest will end around 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The Barons are in the middle of a seven-game homestand that concludes with a “triple-header” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons host Rochester on Friday night and Milwaukee Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
Defenseman Taylor Fedun has a plus-8 rating for the season, tops on the roster. ... After suffering injuries early in Friday's game, Curtis Hamilton (knee) and Andrew Miller (broken hand) were scratched for Saturday's game. ... Mark McIntosh won a 2013 Chrysler 200 as part of the Barons “Drive Away Every Saturday” promotion.