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LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday, Jan. 22 – @ Missouri Mavericks (2-1 L)
Saturday, Jan. 23 – @ Missouri Mavericks (6-3 W)
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 26 – vs Allen Americans, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 29 – @ Allen Americans, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30 – vs Allen Americans, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31 – @ Allen Americans, 4:05 p.m.
Rank: 3rd in Central Division
Goals: Emerson Clark – 16
Assists: Dan DeSalvo – 20
Points: Dan DeSalvo – 30
+/-: Dan DeSalvo, Dennis Brown, +19
PIM: Emerson Clark – 113
WEEK IN REVIEW
The Oilers spent their weekend splitting a pair with the top team in the ECHL—the Missouri Mavericks. This Mavericks squad, possessing 64 points, has only lost seven games—three to the Tulsa Oilers. Of the seven, only one has been at home—also to the Oilers. After a 2-1 loss on Friday to the previously perfect home record team, the Oilers fought back Saturday and put the streak to an end. The 6-3 Tulsa win over the Mavericks not only provided two points out of the four point weekend, but inked the Oilers with the most goals scored on Missouri this season.
Friday night the Oilers struck first but fell to the Mavericks after two Jessie Root goals. Phil Brewer would have the only point on the night and the Oilers would go 0-4 on the powerplay.
After taking a 2-0 lead into the second period on Saturday night, the Mavericks could not have expected what was to come. Tulsa’s Adam Pleskach would get his team on the board, Missouri would respond, and then the Oilers would proceed to score four consecutive unanswered goals—two of them by Emerson Clark. Clark tallied two goals, an assist and a fight, giving him his third Gordie Howe hat trick for his third consecutive Saturday game. Dan DeSalvo claimed a four point night (1 goal, 3 assists).
The Tulsa Oilers and Allen Americans will clash on the ice four times this week. With two away and two at home, the Oilers look to capture as many points out of the eight possible as they can. Allen, sitting 11 points above the Oilers in standings, has gotten past Tulsa in only three of their seven meetings thus far.
The line of Dan DeSalvo, Phil Brewer and Emerson Clark has continued to prove plentiful. Again and again. These skaters have a combination of 15 points in the last five games—Clark 7, DeSalvo 6 and Brewer 2.
‘HOWE’ DOES HE DO IT?
Alongside his competent teammates, Emerson Clark is on quite the roll. With 29 points, Clark has 16 goals and 13 assists (3 goals and 2 assist from Greenville Swamp Rabbits prior to trade). On Saturday, January 9, the forward earned himself a Gordie Howe Hat Trick with a goal, three assists and a fight. For some this would be a rare occurrence, but not for Clark. Only three games later he did it again. Saturday (January 16) against the Steelheads, Clark netted two goals, an assist and a fight. Only one game would separate his third Gordie in 15 days. Three consecutive Saturdays Clark would produce.
The forward is fifth in the league with 113 penalty minutes. The last three times Clark has fought in games the Oilers were down and then came back to win (Wichita 01/09, Idaho 01/16, Missouri 01/23).
Clark carries his team in shooting percentage and is fourth in the ECHL at 23.2%. With 16 goals on 69 shots this year, in his last five games, Clark has five goals on 16 shots (31.2%).
Kevin Carr is fifth in both goals against average (2.05) and in minutes (1554)…Among rookies in the ECHL, Dan DeSalvo is tied for sixth in scoring with 30 points, fourth in assist with 20 and first in plus/minus at +19… Phil Brewer is tied for first in rookie shootout goals with two…Tulsa is seventh at home on the power play at 20.4%…The Oilers are sixth in goals against per game averaging 2.50 and fifth in shots against with 27.50…