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TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, announced on Friday the signing of rookie forward Connor Toomey for the 2015-16 season.

Toomey, 24, enters his first pro campaign after a senior season at Plattsburgh State (NCAA III) where he appeared in 27 games and led the Cardinals in goals (13), assists (19), and points (32). A native of Billerica, Massachusetts, Toomey helped Plattsburgh State capture the 2015 SUNYAC Conference title and was named the SUNYAC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

“Playing pro hockey has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” Toomey stated. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about the city of Tulsa and the organization so I’m just excited to get started and hopefully I can make an impression in training camp.”

“Connor is a great kid who possesses a lot of skill and some impressive leadership qualities,” commented Oilers’ Head Coach, Jason Christie. “For him to put up MVP numbers in college speaks not only to his talent, but it also speaks to his work ethic and his determination. I’m looking forward to having him here in Tulsa because I think he can make an impact for our team.”

Prior to his time in Plattsburgh, Toomey, 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, played three seasons at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. In 94 games at Merrimack, Toomey recorded 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists). His Merrimack teammate was Justin Mansfield who signed with the Oilers as an amateur at the end of the 2014-15 season and will be returning to Tulsa for his first full season as a pro.

“It’s nice to already know someone going into a new situation and it’ll be great to see a familiar face once I get to Tulsa,” Toomey said. “I know Justin really enjoyed his time there last season and I think the biggest adjustment for me will be just managing the amount of games at the pro level.”

The Oilers’ 2015-16 home opener is set for Friday, October 16 at 7:05 p.m. against the Wichita Thunder. Single game tickets are on sale starting at noon today (Friday, September 11) and can be purchased by calling 918-632-7825. Single game tickets will also be sold today from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the BOK Center and fans who buy tickets for Opening Night can get tickets to another game for free.

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Below is an Excerpt from a Tulsa Oilers Game

Clark gets it again to DeSalvo in the right circle this time. Cross-rink to the far side, Lutz shot, save, rebound goes into the corner.

Clark leaves it for Lutz in the left point. Now down low to Brewer in the corner boards. Brewer gets bumped there. Brewer, still with the puck, gets it to Clark behind the goal. Clark getting bothered there by Courtnall, now out to the point to Lutz. Lutz from the left point, his shot, that went off the leg of Brewer on the way in, his own teammate. Brewer goes to the bench.

Puck goes into the Tulsa zone, the Oilers will reset. Here comes DeSavlo, right wing. Gets it ahead to Emerson. Emerson and DeSalvo stay out there, however the puck goes over the blue line into the neutral zone, and now those two will go to the bench to complete that line change, as the puck goes into the Americans’ end. They wave off the icing.

Four minutes gone in the 3rd period, we are tied at one. Courtnall with it. He sends it ahead into the Tulsa zone, right to the goaltender, and Kevin will hang onto that one. Carr smothers it, we’ll get a face-off coming up in the Tulsa zone.

15:49 to play 3rd period, and it’s all knotted up at one goal apiece here in this one tonight. Face-off will be to the right of Kevin Carr in the Tulsa end. Quickly on the draw, a shot by Steffes, excuse me, Costello and it goes deflecting into the corner. Now it’s cleared up the ice by the Oilers and we’ll get an icing call against Tulsa, but Costello took a shot as the draw came right back to him at the top of the circle. The former Tulsa Oiler, Chad Costello. Chad Costello and Gary Steffes played with the Tulsa Oilers, and they are the co-captains of this Americans team.

Puck goes into the corner in the Tulsa end. Pleskach gets bumped there. It comes loose, King tries, he has it poke checked away. Back comes Lalancette. Now he gives it away to Pleskach. Adam Pleskach on the backhander, tries to slide it towards the goal, it won’t go. Kicked away to the near corner, recovered by Brown in the corner boards, now he sends it out around to the far side, and it’s cleared away by the Americans back into the neutral zone.

In the air, gloved down by Konan, but he couldn’t play it. It went to one of his teammates, so he gets called for the glove pass. The hand pass by Konan, and we’ll have a face-off in the neutral zone with 15:00 left to play here in this 3rd period of action, tied at one. Tulsa and Allen are tied at one.

On Friday night, Tulsa and Wichita went to an overtime period that the Wichita Thunder won in overtime. Then on Saturday night, Tulsa and Wichita went to overtime. They didn’t score in the overtime, went to a shootout, and Tulsa won it in the shootout. I’m wondering if we’re going to see some extra time here again tonight, as it seems to be the case of late.

Puck goes into the Tulsa zone, along the boards behind the goal. Gunn has it for Allen. Now it’s cleared out in the neutral zone, back into the Allen end. They slap it ahead into neutral ice, intended for Gunn, but he loses control of it, and it goes into the Tulsa end. Picked up by Brisebois behind the goal.