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January 28, 2019
OILERS WIN TWO OF THREE AGAINST AMERICANS
Tulsa hosts Mountain Division rival, Utah, Tuesday and Wednesday after strong finish to weekend series with Allen at the BOK Center.
OVERALL RECORD: 25-14-6
LAST WEEK: 2-1-0
Friday, Jan. 25 – Allen 5, Tulsa 0 (BOK Center – Tulsa, OK) |Box Score
>> The Tulsa Oilers returned from a five-game road trip Friday and their homecoming was spoiled by the Allen Americans in a 5-0 loss. Allen enforcer Jacob Doty scored the only goal of the first period, added another in the middle frame to put the Americans up 2-0 at the time, and capped the night’s scoring with his first pro hat trick in the final minute of the game. Meanwhile, Americans goaltender C.J. Motte stopped all 33 shots he faced for his second shutout against the Oilers at the BOK Center this season.
Saturday, Jan. 26 – Tulsa 4, Allen 3 (BOK Center – Tulsa, OK) |Box Score
>> A goal from Oilers rookie Jared Thomas32 seconds into the game sparked a big turnaround Saturday in the middle game of the weekend series. Tulsa rode a three-goal second period to a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Charlie Sampair, Scott Henegarand Ryan Tesinkall tallied goals in the middle period to blow the score wide open. Allen staged a strong comeback effort in the third period, scoring twice to pull within a goal, but Tulsa held on to the 4-3 victory, as Evan Fitzpatrickwon his tenth game of his rookie season.
Sunday, Jan. 27 – Tulsa 5, Allen 4 (BOK Center – Tulsa, OK) | Box Score
>> In the rubber match of the three-game set, the Americans raced out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a late first period goal and early second period marker. Tulsa tied things up at 2-2 with goals from Jared Thomas and Roman Ammiratojust 16 seconds apart. Allen moved back in front by a pair after scoring two goals 51 seconds apart to go up 4-2, but Scott Henegarbrought the Oilers back to within one with 3:33 left in the middle frame. There were six combined goals scored in the period, as the Americans led 4-3 entering the third. A Ryan Tesink deflection 8:31 into the third period tied the score once more as the game headed to overtime. After an Allen penalty for too-many-men on the ice, Charlie Sampairprovided the heroics with a game-winning power play goal.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Tuesday, Jan. 29– Utah vs Tulsa, 7:05 p.m. – BOK Center (Tulsa, OK)
Wednesday, Jan. 30– Utah vs Tulsa, 7:05 p.m. – BOK Center (Tulsa, OK)
Friday, Feb. 1– Tulsa AT Toledo, 6:15 p.m. CT – Huntington Center (Toledo, OH)
Saturday, Feb. 2– Tulsa AT Cincinnati, 6:35 p.m. CT – U.S. Bank Arena (Cincinnati, OH)
ON THE MOVE
- 1/25 – Ryan Tesink(F) returned from loan to San Antonio (AHL).
- Charlie Sampair’s overtime winner Saturday was his league-leading 7thgame-winning goal.
- Ryan Tesink (2g, 2a) has back-to-back multi-point games.
- Jared Thomas (13g, 17a) has at least one point in 22 of his 28 games this season.
- Tulsa has won 12 of its last 15 games since Dec. 28
- The Oilers’ overtime win Saturday was their first since Nov. 10.
- Tulsa is the only ECHL team without a regulation loss when scoring first (16-0-4).
POINTS: 42 – Adam Pleskach
GOALS: 19 – Adam Pleskach
ASSISTS: 23 – Adam Pleskach
PLUS/MINUS: +15 – Steven Kaunisto
PIMS: 115 – Mike McKee
PP GOALS: 4 – Adam Pleskach, Jared Thomas
SH GOALS: 2 – Jared Thomas
GW GOALS: 7 – Charlie Sampair
SHOTS: 186 – Adam Pleskach
WINS: 14 – Devin Williams*
GAA: 2.23 – Devin Williams*
SAVE %: .913 – Devin Williams*
* – Loaned to San Antonio (AHL)
POWER PLAY: Overall – 26/192 (13.5%) – 25thin the ECHL
Last Week – 2/16 (12.5%)
PENALTY KILL: Overall – 141/169 (83.4%) – 12thin the ECHL
Last Week – 12/13 (92.3%)
Oilers’ Assistant Coach Zac Desjardinswon his first pro game Saturday, filling in for Head Coach Rob Murray, who was named an honorary captain at the American Hockey League’s All-Star Classic in Springfield, Mass… Adam Pleskach is 12thin the ECHL with 42 points and 8thwith 19 goals. Tulsa’s captain leads the league with 186 shots on goal… Steven Kaunisto is 14thamong ECHL defensemen with 24 points, and leads all defensemen with 4 game-winning goals.