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October 23, 2017
TULSA PREPARES FOR THREE HOME GAMES THIS WEEK
Oilers set to host Wichita on Wednesday and Allen on Friday and Saturday, after securing three of four possible points last week.
OVERALL RECORD: 1-2-1
LAST WEEK: 1-0-1
>> Tulsa picked up its first win of the Rob Murray era Wednesday in the Quad Cities. Justin Selman and Adam Pleskach each scored in the opening period to get the Oilers out to a 2-0 lead. The Mallards tipped in a shot early in the second period to make it 2-1, but Tommy Vannelli answered with a power play goal to put Tulsa ahead by two goals again. Quad City again had an answer, making it a one-goal game going into the third period. Conner Bleackley added an insurance goal late, and rookie Evan Richardson finished the scoring with his first pro goal, an empty-netter to seal the 5-2 win. Goaltender Devin Williams stopped 32 of 34 shots in his first career victory.
>> In a stand-alone Saturday trip to Indianapolis, the Oilers gained a point in a back-and-forth shootout loss to the Indy Fuel. Evan Richardson started the scoring midway through the second period, but the Fuel tied the game on a late 5-on-3 power play before the end of the frame. 12 seconds into the third period, Indy jumped in front with another power play tally, but Oilers veteran Joey Sides buried a rebound to force a 2-2 tie and overtime. After a scoreless extra period, Alex Wideman notched the only shootout goal for either side, as the Fuel earned the 3-2 win.
FOUR IN FIVE THIS WEEK
Wednesday, Oct. 25 – Tulsa vs Wichita, 7:05pm – BOK Center (Tulsa, OK)
Friday, Oct. 27 – Tulsa vs Allen, 7:05pm – BOK Center (Tulsa, OK)
Saturday, Oct. 28 – Tulsa vs Allen, 7:05pm – BOK Center (Tulsa, OK)
Sunday, Oct. 29 – Tulsa AT Allen, 4:05pm – Allen Event Center (Allen, TX)
- Oilers forward Conner Bleackley (3g, 3a) and defenseman Chris Joyaux (4a) each have 4-game point streaks to start the season.
- Rookie goalie Devin Williams earned his first pro victory in his first start Saturday at Quad City.
- Tulsa rookie Evan Richardson (2g, 1a) has goals in back-to-back games.
- The Oilers have the second-fewest penalty minutes per game (11.25) in the ECHL.
- Tulsa has scored the first goal in three of its first four games, and averages 36.75 shots per game.
- Five of Tulsa’s next six games are at home, before the Oilers embark on a 14-game road trip.
POINTS: 6 – Conner Bleackley
GOALS: 3 – Bleackley
ASSISTS: 4 – Chris Joyaux, Dmitrii Sergeev
PLUS/MINUS: +3 – Bleackley, Joey Sides
PIMS: 9 – Adam Pleskach
POWER PLAY: Overall – 3/22 (13.6% – 12th in ECHL)
Last Week – 1/9 (11%)
PENALTY KILL: Overall – 17/20 (85% – 13th in ECHL)
Last Week – 6/8 (75%)
Rob Murray notched his first win as Tulsa’s Head Coach on Wednesday in the Oilers’ 5-2 victory over Quad City. Murray now has 231 career wins, following six seasons with the Alaska Aces, including a Kelly Cup Championship in 2014…All four Oilers players under contract with the St. Louis Blues contributed on the score sheet in the win. Justin Selman (1g, 1a) and Dmitrii Sergeev (2a) each recorded two points, while Tommy Vannelli (ppg) and Conner Bleackley (g) had one each.
ADOPT-AN-OILER AUCTION – SATURDAY, OCT. 28
Following Tulsa’s game against the rival Allen Americans on Saturday, Oct. 28, the Oilers will hold their annual Adopt-an-Oiler Auction in the OneOK Club on the concourse level of the BOK Center. Stick around to take part in the fun! For more information, visit www.tulsaoilers.com/adopt-oiler-2017-18/