Mathieu Gagnon (above) participated in his first fight of the season on Tuesday in a 3-1 win for the Oilers over the Americans. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Tuesday, Nov. 3 – vs. Allen Americans (3-1 W) Watch Highlights
Friday, Nov. 6 – at Colorado Eagles (3-1 L) Watch Highlights
Saturday, Nov. 7 – at Colorado Eagles (2-1 L) Watch Highlights
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
Wednesday, Nov. 11 – at Wichita Thunder, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 13 – vs. Allen Americans, 7:05 p.m.
– Budweiser Military Night benefiting the Folds of Honor Foundation
– Jersey auction immediately following the game
Overall: 4-5-0-0 (8 points)
Rank: T-3rd in Central Division
Goals: Phil Brewer, Brandon Wong – 3
Assists: Adam Pleskach – 7
Points: Adam Pleskach – 7
+/-: Dennis Brown +4
PIM: Mathieu Gagnon – 19
WEEK IN REVIEW
The Oilers started the week with a 3-1 victory over the Allen Americans at the BOK Center and were led by a three-point effort from winger, Jordan Kremyr. The fifth-year pro opened the scoring just 11 seconds into the contest and dished out a pair of assists to help the Oilers improve to 3-1 on home ice.
Friday, the Oilers traveled west to Colorado for the first clash with the Eagles since March 12, 2011 when both clubs were members of the Central Hockey League. Tulsa was outshot 40-12 and despite a phenomenal goaltending performance by Jussi Olkinuora, Colorado prevailed for a 3-1 win in the season series opener.
The Eagles completed their weekend sweep of the Oilers on Saturday night. Ludwig Karlsson’s power play goal at 12:08 of third period proved to be the difference in a 2-1 Colorado triumph. Matt Konan chipped in the lone Tulsa goal and Kevin Carr made 30 saves in a losing effort.
The Oilers visit Wichita on Wednesday for the second meeting of the season with their longtime rival. The Thunder leads the StoneWolf Casino Cup series after earning a 3-2 win over the Oilers on opening night at the BOK Center. Tulsa and Wichita have each posted four wins and eight points on the season. The Thunder has lost three games in a row while the Oilers have dropped three straight on the road.
The week concludes with the fourth contest of the season against Allen on Friday at the BOK Center. The Oilers will be wearing special patriotic jerseys for Budweiser Military Night benefiting the Folds of Honor Foundation. Throughout the evening, the Oilers will pay tribute to veterans, soldiers, and military families. Tulsa is 2-1 against Allen this season and the home team has tasted victory in each of the previous three meetings.
The Oilers will wear the above jerseys this Friday night to salute America’s troops and veterans.
IN SEARCH OF SCORING
The Oilers have managed only two goals over the last two games and rank 23rd in the ECHL with an average of 2.22 goals per game. Tulsa is firing just 23.4 shots on goal per game, the lowest average in the league.
SAVE THAT PUCK
Rookie center Dan DeSalvo scored the first goal of his pro career on Friday night. The 23-year old tied the game at 1-1 with 44 seconds remaining in the first period by firing home a loose puck off an offensive zone face off. DeSalvo, who spent the last four seasons at Bowling Green State University, has a goal and four assists in nine games this season.
A DROUGHT AND A DIP
In three games last week, the Oilers were collectively 0-for-12 on the power play. For the season, Tulsa is 3-for-32 with the man-advantage and ranks 23rd in the ECHL with a 9.4-percent success rate. In each of the losses to Colorado last weekend, the Oilers surrendered a pair of power play goals. The Eagles were 4-for-10 on the power play over the two games and the Oilers have allowed at least one opposing power play goal in four of the last five outings.
Adam Pleskach, who leads the Oilers with seven points on the season, is on a three-game point streak. Pleskach, a third-year pro in his third season with the Oilers, has four assists and a +4 rating during his current run.
Adam Pleskach leads the Oilers with seven points and is riding a three-game point streak. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)
Each one of the Oilers’ nine games this season has been decided by two goals or fewer. Tulsa has been tied up with its opponent in the third period in five of its nine contests and boasts a 2-2-0 record in one-goal games.
Center Kyle Bochek made his first appearance of the season on Friday night and defenseman Randy Cure played in his first game as an Oiler. Bochek, who played 82 games for Tulsa over the last two years, started the season on the 21-day injured reserve. Cure, a second-year pro out of Bloomington, Minnesota, played in 30 games last season for the Evansville Icemen and was acquired by the Oilers last week in a trade with the Fort Wayne Komets.
ANSWERING THE CALL
Forward Ben Walker and defenseman Brennan Serville were both recalled by the Manitoba Moose this week. Walker, 22, recorded three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in seven games with Tulsa and Serville, a 2011 draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets, put up a pair of assists and a +2 rating in seven games.
THE IMPORTANCE OF STRIKING FIRST
The Oilers have scored the first goal of the game in each one of their four wins this season and have surrendered the first goal of the game in each one of their five losses this season.
Defenseman Dennis Brown leads the Oilers with a +4 overall rating and has been even or on the plus side in each one of his five games with Tulsa.
Beginning Wednesday in Wichita, the Oilers will play eight straight games against Central Division opponents…WSecond-year goalie Kevin Carr is seventh in the ECHL with a 1.51 goals against average…Center Brandon Wong is just one goal shy of 100 for his career…Jordan Kremyr appeared in his 200th career ECHL game on Friday night in Colorado.