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Week of January 16, 2017
OILERS FINISH EIGHT-GAME ROAD SWING BEFORE WEEKEND HOME STAND
Tulsa faces Quad City today to finish season-long road trip before returning home to host Steelheads Saturday and Sunday.
OILERS RECORD: 22-16-4, 48 points (2nd – Central Division, 4th – Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 1-1-1
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11 – KALAMAZOO 3, TULSA 2 (OT) (Wings Event Center – Kalamazoo, MI)
After a scoreless first period in the first meeting ever between the Oilers and Wings, Miles Koules broke a scoreless tie late in the second period to put Tulsa in front. Kalamazoo tied the game in the third period off of a faceoff win in the Oilers zone, but Darcy Murphy gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead with just over five minutes left. Kalamazoo forced overtime, when Tyler Shattock scored from the half wall with 34 seconds left in regulation and an extra attacker on, and Tanner Sorenson won the game for the Wings 35 seconds into overtime.
FRIDAY, JAN. 13 – TULSA 2, FORT WAYNE 1 (Memorial Coliseum – Fort Wayne, IN)
In a tight battle between two of the top three teams in the Central Division, Kale Kessy gave Tulsa a 1-0 lead on a centering pass from Tyson Wilson with 34 seconds left in the first period. Wilson set up Emerson Clark for the second Oilers goal late in the second period as Clark was coming out of the penalty box. Brady Vail scored for Fort Wayne on a 2-on-1 transition rush in the final minute of the frame to cut Tulsa’s lead in half, but Colin Stevens stopped 15 Komets shots in the third period and 33 of 34 for the game to preserve the Oilers’ 2-1 win.
SATURDAY, JAN. 14 – INDY 3, TULSA 2 (Indiana Farmers Coliseum – Indianapolis, IN)
For the fourth straight game on the road trip, Tulsa struck first, when Shawn Bates scored a short-handed goal on the first Oilers shot off of a centering pass from Nolan Julseth-White. The Fuel answered with three goals in the first 7:55 of the second period, led by Josh Shalla (1g, 2a), and carried that lead into the third. Julseth-White set up Darcy Murphy for the second Oilers goal with 6:13 to play, but Tulsa’s comeback bid came up just short in Indianapolis.
Monday, Jan. 16 – at Quad City Mallards, 1:05pm – (iWireless Center – Moline, IL)
Saturday, Jan. 21 – vs. Idaho Steelheads, 7:05pm – River Spirit Casino Margaritaville Night (BOK Center)
Sunday, Jan. 22 – vs. Idaho Steelheads, 4:05pm – Postgame Skate (BOK Center)
OIL PRODUCTION LEADERS
Goals: Emerson Clark (14)
Assists: Phil Brewer (18)
Points: Brewer (27)
Plus/Minus: Adam Pleskach (+16)
Penalty Minutes: Clark (126)
Power Play Goals: Pleskach, Darcy Murphy, Garrett Ladd, Shawn Bates (2)
Short Handed Goals: Clark (3)
Game Winning Goals: Pleskach, Ladd, Tyson Wilson, Danick Gauthier (2)
Shots on Goal: Brewer (103)
Wins: Jamie Phillips (18)
GAA: Phillips (2.62)
Save %: Phillips (.914)
OILERS IN THE AHL
Manitoba center Dan DeSalvo recorded an assist Tuesday in the 5-2 Moose loss in Tucson against the Roadrunners. DeSalvo also scored a power play goal Sunday in Manitoba’s 4-1 win over Chicago, and leads the team with 10 goals in 27 games. Former Oiler Jimmy Lodge scored again for the Moose in the win and now has 7 goals and 7 assists in 33 games. Ryan Olsen scored goals in back-to-back games for Manitoba Friday and Sunday against the Wolves. Forward Alexandre Ranger scored his first AHL goal of the season Saturday in the St. John’s IceCaps’ 4-2 win over Hartford.
Forward Emerson Clark saw a 4-game point streak (4g, 3a) snapped Saturday against Indy…Miles Koules has 7 points (2g, 5a) in his last 6 games…Darcy Murphy has 6 points (3g, 3a) in his last 6 games and is a +7 overall in his last 4 contests. The Oilers have scored the first goal in each of their last 4 games.
The Oilers are in second place in the Central Division and fourth place the Western Conference with 48 points…Tulsa’s power play (10.3%) is 26th in the ECHL, and the Oilers penalty kill (80.6%) is 23rd…Emerson Clark is second in the ECHL with 126 penalty minutes…Jamie Phillips leads the league in wins (18), minutes (1,811) and saves (921), and has the 9th best goals-against average (2.62)…Colin Stevens has the 10th best GAA (2.71) and is 3-1-1 in his last 5 starts.