FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2018
OILERS TO WRAP UP ROAD TRIP WEDNESDAY IN RAPID CITY
Tulsa to face Rush in South Dakota, before returning home Saturday for Alzheimer’s Awareness Night.
OVERALL RECORD: 25-23-11
LAST WEEK: 1-1-1
(Photo: Standout Imagery)
Wednesday, Feb. 28 – Colorado 4, Tulsa 3 (SO) (Budweiser Events Center – Loveland, CO) | Box Score
>> In the first of three games in Colorado, Joey Sides gave the Oilers an early lead, but Colorado answered with back-to-back goals from Ryan Olsen and Matt Garbowsky. Tulsa captain Adam Pleskach evened the score by the end of the first period, and Charlie Sampair put the Oilers back in front 6:05 into the second. The Eagles tied it at 3-3, when Michael Joly scored from the right circle, and after a scoreless third period and overtime, Colorado picked up the two points in a four-round shootout.
Friday, Mar. 2 – Colorado 4, Tulsa 1 (Budweiser Events Center – Loveland, CO) | Box Score
>> The Eagles scored twice in the first 7:43 of the game and outshot the Oilers 17-5 in the opening frame. While the second and third periods were evenly played, Tulsa’s only goal came from Garrett Ladd on a third period power play with 7:57 to play. That marker cut the Oilers’ deficit to 2-1, but Colorado scored 40 seconds later to effectively kill Tulsa’s momentum. Matt Garbowsky scored an empty net goal with 1:05 left to put the game away.
Saturday, Mar. 3 – Tulsa 5, Colorado 3 (Budweiser Events Center – Loveland, CO) | Box Score
>> In the final regular season meeting between the Oilers and Eagles, Tulsa scored first when Ryan Tesink tipped a shot from Tommy Vannelli with 3:54 left in the opening frame. Ryan Harrison tied it 7:33 into the second period for the Eagles, but Kale Kessy, who had 3 points (2g, 1a) and 34 penalty minutes in the game, gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead entering the third stanza. Mike McKee made it 3-1 just 1:32 into the final period, but the Eagles clawed back to break even with 4:43 remaining in regulation. Tesink (2g, 1a) blocked a shot and scored on a breakaway with 2:37 left to put the Oilers in front for good, and Kessy added the empty goal to complete the 5-3 score. Devin Williams stopped 32 Eagles shots for his team-leading 13th win of the season.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Wednesday, Mar. 7 – Tulsa AT Rapid City, 8:05pm CT – Rushmore Plaza Civic Center (Rapid City, SD)
Saturday, Mar. 10 – Wichita vs Tulsa, 7:05pm – BOK Center (Tulsa, OK)
Sunday, Mar. 11 – Wichita vs Tulsa, 4:05pm – BOK Center (Tulsa, OK)
- Devin Williams has started 11 straight games for the Oilers, going 5-2-2 in that span.
- Charlie Sampair is tied for 3rd in the ECHL with 28 goals this season.
- Garrett Ladd has a career high 36 points and 20 goals in just 35 games.
- The Oilers are 5-1-2 in their last 8 games and are tied for 4th in the Mountain Division.
- Tulsa plays 9 of its final 13 games on home ice at the BOK Center.
- The Oilers are 19-0-4 when leading after two periods.
POINTS: 49 – Charlie Sampair
GOALS: 28 – Charlie Sampair (T-3rd in ECHL)
ASSISTS: 26 –Adam Pleskach
PLUS/MINUS: +7 – Tommy Vannelli
PIMS: 239 – Kale Kessy (2nd in ECHL)
PP GOALS: 6 – Garrett Ladd
SH GOALS: 3 – Conner Bleackley*, Charlie Sampair (T-2nd in ECHL)
GW GOALS: 5 – Conner Bleackley*
SHOTS: 256 – Adam Pleskach (1st in ECHL)
WINS: 13 – Devin Williams
GAA: 2.63 – Devin Williams (13th in ECHL)
SAVE %: .921 – Devin Williams (5th in ECHL)
*Reassigned to AHL (San Antonio)
POWER PLAY: Overall – 32/236 (13.6% – 24th in ECHL)
Last Week – 2/15 (13.3%)
PENALTY KILL: Overall – 195/236 (82.6%- 17th in ECHL)
Last Week – 13/15 (86.7%)
Oilers forward Kale Kessy has set career highs for goals (13), assists (18), points (31) and penalty minutes (239) in 52 games this season. The Shaunavon, SK native recorded his first 3-point night (2g, 1a) of the season Saturday in Tulsa’s 5-3 win over the Colorado Eagles, and racked up 34 penalty minutes in the game, a high mark in the ECHL this season. Kessy has 103 of his 239 penalty minutes in his last 7 games.
ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS NIGHT – SATURDAY, MARCH 10
The Oilers will host the Wichita Thunder at 7:05pm Saturday for the third annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Night, presented by Precision Screen Manufacturing. Proceeds from in-game donations, commemorative game pucks and the postgame jersey auction will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Thanks for helping us turn the BOK Center purple!
SAM’S CLUB SUNDAY – MARCH 11
Bring the whole family out Sunday afternoon when the Oilers host the Wichita Thunder at 4:05pm. Stick around after the game for a postgame skate/meet and greet with the Oilers players, presented by Sam’s Club. A limited number of skates will be available for rent, but fans are also welcome to bring their own skates.