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February 4, 2019
OILERS APPROACH BREAK AFTER GRUELING WEEK
Tulsa travels to Kansas City Tuesday to complete difficult stretch of eight games in 12 days, before full week off.
OVERALL RECORD: 26-17-6
LAST WEEK: 1-3-0
Tuesday, Jan. 29 – Utah 2, Tulsa 1 (BOK Center – Tulsa, OK)| Box Score
>> In a game of crazy bounces, the Tulsa Oilers suffered a 2-1 loss to their Mountain Division rival Utah Grizzlies. Late in the opening period, the Grizzlies benefited from a power play and Jake Marchment threw a shot off of the pads of Evan Fitzpatrick. The rebound kicked off of an Oilers’ defenseman’s skate and back into the net. Ian McNultytied the game in the second period on a late breakaway when he snuck a backhander through the legs of the Utah goaltender. The Grizzlies regained the lead, when Josh Anderson’s shot banked off of the backwall back into the crease before catching Fitzpatrick and sliding across the goal line. Utah held on to win 2-1.
Wednesday, Jan. 30 – Utah 4, Tulsa 2 (BOK Center – Tulsa, OK) | Box Score
>> The Oilers got off to a quick start in the rematch when Roman Ammiratoripped a one-timer from the slot just 2:40 into the game. Utah answered on a power play nearly five minutes later to tie the game 1-1. The Grizzlies gained the lead with 2:52 remaining in the second period right after the Oilers successfully killed off a penalty. Ryan Tesinkmade it 2-2 with a short-handed snipe from the right circle 7:10 into the final stanza. Unfortunately for the Oilers, Utah capitalized off of a bad bound off the boards that hit the side of the net, before Josh Dickinson circled the net and fed a pass to Eric Freschi in the slot. Freschi snapped a shot past Evan Fitzpatrickto give Utah the lead for good. The Grizzlies held on to that lead and beat the buzzer with an empty net goal in the final second of regulation.
Friday, Feb. 1 – Tulsa 5, Toledo 2 (Huntington Center – Toledo, OH) |Box Score
>> Tulsa captain Adam Pleskachrecorded his seventh pro hat trick to lead the Oilers past the Toledo Walleye Friday in the final meeting of the season between the two teams. The Walleye led 1-0 and 2-1, but Tulsa scored four unanswered goals, including two in the second from Charlie Sampairand Mike McKeeand two in the third from Pleskach. The Oilers scored on two of seven power play opportunities, and the Oilers won their seventh of their last eight road games. Evan Fitzpatrickstopped 27 of 29, but Pleskach earned the game’s first star with his three-goal performance.
Saturday, Feb. 2 – Cincinnati 7, Tulsa 1 (U.S. Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH) | Box Score
>> The Cylcones rolled to a 3-0 first period lead Saturday in the final battle of the season between Tulsa and Cincinnati. The Oilers trailed 5-0 before Dylan Bredoscored the only Oilers goal from a bank shot off of the Cyclones goaltender from beneath the goal line. Cincinnati scored 33 seconds later to make it 6-1, as Justin Vaive, Pascal Aquin and Vas Glotov all scored twice to pace Cincinnati to the win. The Cyclones added one more in the third period to finish the rout, as the Oilers finished a crazy stretch of seven games in nine days.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Tuesday, Feb. 5– Tulsa AT Kansas City, 7:05 p.m. – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena (Independence, MO)
ON THE MOVE
- 2/2 – Alex Dostie(F) assigned to Tulsa from San Diego (AHL) by Anaheim (NHL).
- Dylan Bredo recorded 5 points (1g, 4a) in the last 3 games.
- Adam Pleskach’s hat trick Friday was his second of the season and seventh of his career.
- Jared Thomas has 4 assists during a 3-game point streak.
- Tuesday’s game at Kansas City will be Tulsa’s 8thin the last 12 days.
- The Oilers are 16-1-4 when scoring first this season.
- Tulsa has won 7 of its last 9 road games.
POINTS: 46 – Adam Pleskach
GOALS: 22 – Adam Pleskach
ASSISTS: 24 – Adam Pleskach
PLUS/MINUS: +14 – Steven Kaunisto
PIMS: 129 – Mike McKee
PP GOALS: 6 – Adam Pleskach
SH GOALS: 2 – Jared Thomas
GW GOALS: 7 – Charlie Sampair
SHOTS: 204 – Adam Pleskach
WINS: 14 – Devin Williams*
GAA: 2.23 – Devin Williams*
SAVE %: .913 – Devin Williams*
* – Loaned to San Antonio (AHL)
POWER PLAY: Overall – 28/213 (13.1%) – 25thin the ECHL
Last Week – 2/21 (9.5%)
PENALTY KILL: Overall – 158/191 (82.7%) – 15thin the ECHL
Last Week – 17/22 (77.3%)
Adam Pleskachpassed Doug Lawrence into 2ndin Oilers franchise history Friday with his 154th, 155thand 156thgoals. He also surpassed 300 points (302) in his six seasons in Tulsa. Pleskach is 8thin the ECHL this season with 46 points and 4thwith 22 goals. He also leads the league with 204 shots on goal, 33 shots ahead of second place… Ryan Tesinkis 16thwith 41 points… Charlie Sampairleads the ECHL with 7 game-winning goals… Jared Thomasis 12thamong ECHL rookies with 34 points in 32 games… Steven Kaunisto and Dylan Bredoare tied for 14thamong defensemen in the league with 25 points. Kaunisto also leads all defensemen with 4 game-winners.