TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, announced on Tuesday the signing of defenseman Sean Erickson and goaltender Andy Iles to the 2015-16 roster. Both players are returning to Tulsa after finishing the 2014-15 campaign with the Oilers.
Erickson, 31, played four full seasons in Tulsa from 2009-2013 and ranks ninth on the franchise’s list of all-time games played with 247 appearances in Oilers’ colors. After nearly two complete seasons with the Rapid City Rush, Erickson landed back in Tulsa last April and appeared in two regular season contests as well as all five postseason games. The Eden Prairie, Minnesota native was the Oilers’ top-scoring defenseman in the 2012-13 season (7 goals, 30 assists) and set career-highs in assists (32) and points (46) during the 2013-14 season with the Rush. Entering his seventh season as a pro, Erickson, 6-foot-0, 180-pounds, has recorded 209 points (57 goals, 152 assists) and 310 penalty minutes in 385 career outings.
Sean Erickson is a familiar face to Tulsa fans and brings valuable experience to the Oilers’ defensive unit. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)
“Tulsa is like a second home to me and I’m thrilled to be headed back for another season of hockey in a place where I feel extremely comfortable,” Erickson stated. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play for a well-known and well-respected coach like Jason Christie and I’m excited about the direction of the team with several players back from last season. I know how much it means to the Tulsa fans to see winning hockey, and I want to do whatever I can to take this team to the top.”
Iles, 5-foot-9, 180-pounds, is entering his second season in the pro ranks. After starting his career as an amateur with the Florida Everblades at the end of the 2013-14 season, Iles split his time in 2014-15 between the Alaska Aces, Everblades, and Oilers. The 23-year old posted a 2.98 goals against average and a 15-6-2 record in 23 appearances with the Everblades before landing with the Oilers last April. During a four-year college career at Cornell University in his hometown of Ithaca, New York, Iles set a school record for most career saves and ranks in the top 10 in Cornell history in wins, shutouts, goals against average, and save percentage.
Andy Iles joined the Oilers at the end of the 2014-15 regular season and was part of the team’s playoff run. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)
The Oilers open training camp on Monday, October 5 at the Oilers Ice Center (6413 S. Mingo Rd.). The 2015-16 season opener is set for Friday, October 16 at 7:05 p.m. against the Wichita Thunder. For more information on tickets, training camp, or the upcoming season, call 918-632-7825 or log on to www.tulsaoilers.com.
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Of course, the Americans did get a shorthanded goal. That was the first goal of the game, their only goal in this game, but the Oilers have come back to take the lead, 2-1 here in this 3rd period.
Face-off in the Tulsa end. Pass in front, sticked away by Carr to the near side. Shot toward the goal, and it’s cleared out by the Oilers. Descoteaux will go back after it.
Descoteaux has it knocked away by Nugent. Nugent keeps it in the corner, he’s going to get some help there from Brown. Nugent and now it looks like Blomqvist in there on the attack, but it’s cleared away, back in the neutral zone.
Here come the Americans with it over to the left wing for Gunn. Excuse me. Now around behind the goal, and off the boards on the far side. Blomqvist will clear it out and back in the Americans’ end. They reset quickly. They get it ahead to Courtnall at the blue line of the Tulsa end. Courtnall puts it down into the corner boards.
Lutz gets it for the Oilers, sends it around the boards to the far point. They fight for it along the boards on the far point, and they do keep it in does the Americans on that play there. Lutz tried to send it out again, it’s kept in again at the point by Pinkston of Allen.
Now to the near side. Wrapped around to the far side, the puck does come out of the zone this time, and the Americans will have to reset in their own side of the neutral zone. Now back into their own end, technically. They back up into their own zone, and Makowski with it. Makowski in front of his own goal, now sends it out on the right wing.
A head pass all the way into the Tulsa end. Carr will leave it behind the goal for a teammate, Brown. Now around to the near side. Brown, still trying to poke at it, gets it away. Now it’s cleared out of the zone by the Oilers, and I think that was Harstad that cleared it up the ice. Emerson with a shot, stick save by Gill.
Cross-rink to the far side, King for the Americans. King gets bumped there by Brown, the puck goes into the Tulsa end. Carr misplayed it behind the goal, it came out in front, and they almost had an opportunity did the Americans, but Carr got some nice help by Harstad to clear that puck away.
Back quickly into the other end, Blomqvist gets bumped. He loses control of the puck. The Americans come back, it’s intercepted, and taken away by the Oilers again. Nice play by Joe Sova on the defensive end.
Off the boards on the near side, Roy gets it, sends it out in the neutral zone for Parker. The Americans come back over the blue line into the Tulsa zone.
7:00 remaining, 3rd period. Tulsa with a 2-1 lead. Oilers steal it away. Pleskach has it go high off his stick, back into the Tulsa end. Now down to the corner boards, Konan after it. Matt Konan, he clears it up the boards to the point, and now it comes out. Lalancette with it. Lalancette gives it away to the left side. Blomqvist, he goes around the goal, behind the net, now in front. Tried a centering pass to, pardon me, Ramsay, and it’s tipped away.
Back come the Americans with it. They’ll drop it off into the Tulsa end. Lutz clears it off the board on the near side. Flipped into the air, now back into the neutral zone.
The Americans recover it in their own end. Federico with it, he gets it bumped away by Ramsay, who keeps it in for the Oilers. It goes behind the goal, however, the Americans will recover, and they’ll set the play from there.