FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Week of January 2, 2017
OILERS TAKE 7 OF 8 POINTS DURING FOUR-GAME HOME STAND
Tulsa begins season-long eight-game road trip over 14 days Tuesday in South Carolina.
OILERS RECORD: 20-12-3, 43 points (2nd – Central Division, 2nd – Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 3-0-1
TUESDAY, DEC. 27 – TULSA 5, MISSOURI 2 (BOK Center)
In the first game out of the holiday break, Missouri jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first two minutes of play, but Tulsa dominated the rest of the game. The Oilers picked up goals from Garrett Ladd and Danick Gauthier to lead 2-1 after one. Shawn Bates and Dmitri Ognev added goals in the second period to open the Oilers’ lead up to 4-1 at the second intermission, and Ladd picked up his second of the game early in the lead on the way to a 5-2 win. Colin Stevens stopped 29 of 31 shots in the victory.
FRIDAY, DEC. 30 – UTAH 4, TULSA 3 (OT) (BOK Center)
All four regulation goals Friday were scored in the first 10:11 of the first period. Utah jumped out to a 1-0 lead 2:56 into the game, before Tulsa scored two straight 1:46 apart from Emerson Clark and Garrett Ladd. The Grizzlies tied the game midway through the frame, before the goaltenders—Colin Stevens for Tulsa and Troy Redmann for Utah—stole the show the rest of regulation. Grizzlies defenseman Tim Daly ended the game on a backhander in front of the net with 2:35 left in overtime.
SATURDAY, DEC. 31 – TULSA 5, WICHITA 3 (BOK Center)
The Thunder took an early lead thanks to a short-handed goal by Vincent Arseneau, but Tulsa answered with a goal from Phil Brewer and a penalty shot goal by Jacob Poe before the first intermission. Wichita had an answer in the second with two straight goals to take a 3-2 lead, but Shawn Bates provided the equalizer before the second break. Late in the game, Danick Gauthier broke the deadlock with 1:43 left, and Emerson Clark beat the buzzer with an empty netter, sealing the win for goaltender Jamie Phillips.
SUNDAY, JAN. 1 – TULSA 5, WICHITA 3 (BOK Center)
After giving up the first goal for the second straight night, The Oilers tied the game at 1-1 thanks to a first period goal by Phil Brewer. Tulsa scored a season-high four goals in the second period with tallies from Christophe Lalancette, Tyson Wilson, and power play goals by Shawn Bates and Kale Kessy. The Oilers led 5-2 after two. Ian Lowe scored his second of the game for Wichita in the third period, but Jamie Phillips stood tall down the stretch for his league-leading 18th win.
THIS WEEK (Times adjusted to Central Standard Time)
Tuesday, Jan. 3 – at South Carolina Stingrays, 6:05pm – (North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC)
Thursday, Jan. 5 – at Atlanta Gladiators, 6:05pm – (Infinite Energy Arena – Duluth, GA)
Friday, Jan. 6 – at Atlanta Gladiators, 6:05pm – (Infinite Energy Arena – Duluth, GA)
Sunday, Jan. 8 – at Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 2pm – (Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC)
OIL PRODUCTION LEADERS
Goals: Adam Pleskach, Emerson Clark (10)
Assists: Phil Brewer (16)
Points: Brewer (25)
Plus/Minus: Pleskach (+16)
Penalty Minutes: Clark (115)
Power Play Goals: Pleskach, Darcy Murphy, Garrett Ladd (2)
Short Handed Goals: Clark (2)
Game Winning Goals: Pleskach, Ladd, Tyson Wilson (2)
Shots on Goal: Pleskach (87)
Wins: Jamie Phillips (18)
GAA: Phillips (2.52)
Save %: Phillips (.919)
OILERS IN THE AHL
Former Oiler Dan DeSalvo has 15 points (8g, 7a) in 20 games with the Manitoba Moose. The second-year forward also has 2 power play goals and 1 short-handed tally, and his 8 goals are tied for the team lead.
Forward Phil Brewer has a 5-game point streak, which is tied for Tulsa’s longest this season. He has 2 goals and 5 assists in that span, and leads the Oilers in assists (16) and points (25)…Kale Kessy has 3 goals and 5 assists in his last 7 ECHL games…Defenseman Dennis Brown has 6 assists in his last 7 games…Shawn Bates has goals in back-to-back games, and 8 points (4g, 4a) in his last 7 games.
Christophe Lalancette is just 4 games from his 100th as a pro…Including his time in the AHL, Emerson Clark needs just 3 points to reach 100 in his career…Shawn Bates is 1 point from 100 in his pro career, if you include his time in the SPHL.
The Oilers are in second place in both the Central Division and the Western Conference with 43 points…Tulsa’s power play (10.6%) is 26th in the ECHL, and the Oilers penalty kill (80%) is 21st…Emerson Clark is second in the ECHL with 115 penalty minutes…Jamie Phillips leads the league in wins (18), minutes (1,572) and saves (745), and has the 7th best goals-against average (2.52)…Tulsa has given up the 6th fewest goals per game (2.82) and has registered the 4th most shots on goal per game (33.28).