A two-game weekend series was the first time Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson coached against John Anderson, for whom Nelson was an assistant for four seasons.
Nelson was on Anderson's staff with the Chicago Wolves in 2006-07 and 2007-08. When Anderson was named coach of the NHL Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets), he brought Nelson with him to Atlanta before Nelson landed the Barons job in 2010.
The Wolves won 6-0 Friday night at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons won the rematch 4-2 Saturday night.
“We're pals. Splitting is probably the best-case scenario for both of us,” Nelson said. “I obviously wasn't happy with the way we played (Friday) night but I was really proud of the way our guys responded.”
BACHMAN SUFFERS INJURY
The Edmonton Oilers' goaltending situation became muddled Saturday night when Richard Bachman, who opened the season with the Barons, started his third consecutive game but suffered a groin injury late in the first period.
There were rumblings 33-year-old career NHL backup Jason LaBarbera, who signed a one-year, $1 million deal with Edmonton, might be released. LaBarbera could possibly land in Oklahoma City if he were to clear waivers.
EDMONTON SENDS DOWN LANDER
Barons center Anton Lander on Saturday was reassigned to Oklahoma City after the Oilers activated left winger Ryan Hamilton, who missed the first month of the season with a sprained knee. Hamilton suffered the injury a few shifts into his Oilers debut Oct. 7 against the New Jersey Devils.
The Barons have only one game this week, a road game Saturday night in San Antonio. The following week the Barons have three home games, including the annual field trip matinee, Tuesday, Nov. 12, which will start at 10:35 a.m. That weekend, the Barons will host the Abbotsford Heat Nov. 15-16.
Former Blazers coach Doug Sauter was in Tulsa on Saturday to be inducted into the Central Hockey League Hall of Fame. ... Some Barons players and staff members are growing mustaches to celebrate “Movember” to raise awareness for men's health. Any fan who participate — including people that paint on mustaches — receive a $4 discount to any November home game. ... ... Jeff Sherwood won a new Hyundai Elantra Saturday. The Barons give away a new vehicle at every Saturday home game.