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OILERS SPLIT SERIES WITH THUNDER AHEAD OF THREE-GAME WEEK

The Oilers take on the Kansas City Mavericks in a three-game week, playing twice in Independence and once in Tulsa

OVERALL RECORD: 11-12-2-1 (25 points)

LAST WEEK:  1-1-0-0

RESULTS

Friday, Feb. 19 – Tulsa 3, Wichita 2  (OT) (BOK Center — Tulsa, OKBox Score

>>  TULSA, OK — The Oilers defeated the Wichita Thunder in overtime 3-2 at the BOK Center on Friday.  

Both goaltenders stole the show in the opening frame, stopping 12 shots each.

Brent Gates scored the first goal of the game in the final minute of the second period. Justin Taylor slung the puck from the left-wing wall, finding Gates in the crease, who tipped the puck past Evan Weninger, beating him on the Oilers’ 34th shot of the game. Tulsa outshot Wichita 23-4 in the middle period.

The Thunder answered quickly in the third period, scoring 3:29 in thanks to Garret Schmitz. Dean Stewart finished off a tic-tac-toe goal, bringing the Thunder ahead less than two minutes later. Gates tied the game 2-2 with 4:47 remaining, toe-dragging the defenseman before roofing the puck over Weninger.

Matt Lane jumped on a Thunder mistake in the extra frame, charging down the ice and beating Weninger over the shoulder with his first goal as an Oiler.

Saturday, Feb. 20 –Tulsa 1, Wichita 2 (BOK Center — Tulsa, OK) |  Box Score

>> TULSA, OK — The Oilers couldn’t hold off the Thunder, falling 2-1 at the BOK Center on Saturday night.

The Oilers drew first blood 9:32 into the game. Brent Gates touched a puck over to Justin Taylor, who dragged the puck onto the backhand, firing it past Alex Sakellaropoulos. Taylor’s tally was the only goal in the opening 20 minutes. 

Wichita tied things up 3:24 into the middle frame. The puck bounced off a dead pane of glass directly to Peter Crinella in the slot, giving the forward all day to beat Devin Williams, leveling the game 1-1.

Dean Stewart closed out the scoring at 2-1 with 3:10 left in the game, blasting a slapshot from the right circle and earning the game-winning goal.  

THE WEEK AHEAD (all times CT)

Friday, Feb. 26— Tulsa AT Kansas City — 7:05 p.m. — Cable Dahmer Arena — Independence, MO

Saturday, Feb. 27 — Tulsa AT Kansas City — 7:05 p.m. — Cable Dahmer Arena — Independence, MO

Sunday, Feb. 28 — Kansas City AT Tulsa  — 4:05 p.m. — BOK Center — Tulsa, OK

FAST FACTS

·  Mike Mckee leads the ECHL with 76 PIM

. Brent Gates has two goals and two assists in his last four outings

. Adam Pleskach leads the ECHL with 107 shots

. Danny Moynihan’s four-game, multi-point streak was the first by an Oiler since Drew Fisher in the 2014-15 season

. Roman Durny ranks second in minutes played, fourth in GAA and is tied for third with seven wins

. Danny Moynihan has not been a minus since Jan. 16

TEAM TRENDS

. The Oilers are 4-0-1-0 on Fridays

. The Oilers are undefeated (9-0-0-0) when scoring three or more goals

. Tulsa has not allowed a power-play goal in their last four games

. The Oilers have allowed more than two goals just twice since Jan. 29

STATISTICAL LEADERS*

POINTS:                20 –Danny Moynihan

GOALS:                 11–Danny Moynihan  

ASSISTS:               12– Adam Pleskach

PLUS/MINUS:    +11 – Danny Moynihan

PIMS:                    76 –Mike McKee

PP GOALS:           2 – Garret Cokcerill  

SH GOALS:           2– Charlie Sampair

GW GOALS:         3– Danny Moynihan

SHOTS:                 107 – Adam Pleskach  

WINS:                    7 – Roman Durny

GAA:                     2.22 – Roman Durny

SAVE %:               .918– Roman Durny

* – Among active players

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWER PLAY:    Overall —  9/86 (10.5%)

                                Last Week – 0/7 (0%)

PENALTY KILL:   Overall –74/84 (88.1%)

                              Last Week – 5/5 (100%)

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