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The Oilers may have been outshot 38-24 on a Wednesday night in Tulsa but they would not be outscored as the home team prevailed over the South Carolina Stingrays in a 2-1 overtime victory.
The Tulsa Oilers earned the first point of the evening on Axel Blomqvist’s goal 6:20 into the first period. Forward Jimmy Lodge gathered the puck and worked it in the Stingrays end before passing it to Christophe Lalancette who slapped it to Blomqvist in time to get the puck past Washington Capitals’ second round draft pick, Vietk Vanecek.
Midway through the first, Mathieu Gagnon and former New York Islander, Trevor Gillies, dropped the gloves and took seven minutes each.
Shortly after their power play expired, the Stingrays put themselves on the board two minutes into the second frame. Kevin Carr was high in the paint when South Carolina’s Brett Cameron grabbed a pass from Stephan Vigier and tallied to tie things up 1-1.
The third was scoreless as both Carr and Vanecek stood tall for their respective teams. Carr would tie the Oilers season high with 37 shots stopped and the contest would be determined in overtime.
His second overtime game winner, and third goal in the last five games, defenseman Connor Kucera would be the hero to give his team the victory over the only matchup with the South Carolina Stingrays of the season. Kucera’s powerplay goal gave the Oilers a 2-1 win and pushed their record 23-17-2-2.
The Oilers return to the BOK Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday night for more ECHL action. Friday and Saturday, Tulsa hosts the Quad City Mallards at 7:05 p.m. In a Valentine’s Day special, the Oilers welcome the Wichita Tunder to town at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday.
Here’s an excerpt of reasons to come to an Oilers game an an except of the preview of tonight’s matchup and win over the South Carolina Stingrays. The overtime win was credited to the Connor Kucera goal. Kucera has been on quite the hot streak since his first victory.
Looking for something fun and fresh to do in Tulsa? Look no further than a Tulsa Oilers’ game. The Oilers play in beautiful downtown Tulsa in the state-of-the-art BOK Center. The Oilers are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. The 2015-2016 season is the first season the Oilers have been affiliated with either the Jets or the Moose.
The Tulsa Oilers are a vital part of Tulsa’s culture, providing hours of community service, livening up downtown Tulsa, and providing entertainment for those living in or visiting Tulsa. Visiting a Tulsa Oilers game is the only way to truly experience all of Tulsa’s culture!
Thanks to all the fans who came out and supported cancer awareness in Tulsa on Feb. 6, for Tulsa’s Pink in the Rink event. We had a great time for a great cause and we hope you did too.
The Oilers may be done with their Pink in the Rink promotion, but now they are trying to make the BOK Center red-hot. Special Valentine’s packages are available now for the Saturday Feb. 13, game against the Quad City Mallards and for the Sunday Feb 14. game against Central division rival the Wichita Thunder. For $89.99 fans can get dinner and premium seating tickets for two either Valentine’s weekend game. Don’t get put into the doghouse by your significant other this Valentine’s day. Call (918)- 632-7825 betewen 9 a.m.-5p.m. or visit https://tulsaoilers.com/valentines-day-packages-tulsa-oilers/ to buy your package today.
The Tulsa Oilers will also be playing the South Carolina Stingrays for the first time ever on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Stingrays, who play in the Eastern Conference, made it all the way to the Kelly Cup Championships last season before falling to Oilers’ Central division foe, the Allen Americans. Wednesdays game is also $1 hotdog night!
Wednesday night will also be the first time Oilers fans will have the opportunity to see the two newest additions to the organization. Veteran forwards Riley Armstrong, who was acquired by trade with Reading and Josh Brittain who was acquired by trade with the Indy Fuel. Both players bring an abundance of skill and experience to the lineup and you don’t want to miss their first game.
The Oilers will also be playing some rare opponents on the road. Tulsa faces the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday, Feb. 26 and face the Fort Wayne Komets on Saturday, Feb. 27. You can also listen to the Oilers away games on Ustream or watch the away games on ECHL TV.
With all the great deals this February don’t forget about all of our regular weekly promotions. Every Tuesday-Thursday night home game is Papa John’s college night. On college night students can get a ticket and Papa John’s pizza for only $12 with proof of ID. Thursday night home games are also $2 beer nights at the BOK Center. Ever wanted to take the ice with the Oilers? After every Sunday home game you can! Fans can participate in a post game skate with their favorite Oilers after every Sunday home game. Skates will be available immediately after the final horn. Skate rental costs only $3 and the memories you make will last a lifetime.
Overall: 22-17-2-2 (48 points)
Rank: 3rd in Central Division
South Carolina Stingrays
Overall: 25-16-3-0 (55 points)
Rank: 3rd in South Division
Goals: Emerson Clark – 18
Assists: Dan DeSalvo – 26
Points: Dan DeSalvo – 37
+/-: Dan DeSalvo, Dennis Brown +19
PIM: Emerson Clark – 117
Goals: David Pecan – 15
Assists: David Pecan – 25
Points: David Pecan – 40
+/-: Paul Rodrigues, +18
PIM: Bobby Shea – 108
To begin the Oilers’ four-game week, Tulsa faces the South Carolina Stingrays for the first time in club history. This opening debut between the two will also be their only matchup and the only time the Oilers will play an Eastern Conference team in the regular season. South Carolina (3rd in South Division) holds 55 points to Tulsa’s (3rd in Central Division) 48.
The Stingrays win streak extended last night when they battled the Missouri Mavericks and became the second team, aside from the Tulsa Oilers, to beat the Mavs in Independence, Missouri.