March 31, 2017


Sellout crowd of 16,753 sets new franchise record, reaches second highest mark in ECHL history, as Wichita tops Oilers 4-1.

Box Score

TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers returned home from nine straight road games to a sellout crowd of 16,753, but fell 4-1 Friday to the Wichita Thunder at the BOK Center, bringing the Oilers’ winless skid to nine games. The attendance number set a Tulsa attendance record and reached the second highest attended game in ECHL history.

The two teams skated through a scoreless first period with Tulsa holding a shots advantage of 13-9. Both teams were unsuccessful on two power plays in the opening frame.

The Oilers took the game’s first lead when Dennis Brown ripped a shot from the point past Wichita goaltender Drew Owsley on the power play 3:57 into the frame. The Thunder answered, when Ryan Rupert capitalized on a Thunder power play. Wichita then took its first lead on a five-minute power play late in the period, when Louick Marcotte fired a one-timer past Oilers goalie P.J. Musico with 4:57 left, giving the Thunder a 2-1 lead after two.

Rupert added a second goal late in the third period for some insurance, and Blake Tatchell picked up an empty-net goal to complete the 4-1 win.

UP NEXT: The Oilers head back to Allen, Texas Saturday for a 7:05pm battle with the Allen Americans at the Allen Event Center. Catch the action on or ECHL.TV, with coverage starting at 6:50.