WIN OVER EAGLES HIGHLIGHTS OILERS’ RETURN HOME
Tulsa travels to Wichita Tuesday and heads to Allen for two games Christmas weekend.
OVERALL RECORD: 10-9-6
LAST WEEK: 1-1-0
>> In the first meeting of the season between the Oilers and defending Kelly Cup Champions, Tulsa jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from newcomer Mark Bennett on his first shift 1:20 into the game. Colorado then scored two before the end of the frame and added a third marker early in the second period. Kale Kessy brought the Oilers to within one and Tommy Vannelli tied the score at 3-3 before the midway point of the stanza. Chris Joyaux completed the comeback with a tiebreaking blast that put Tulsa back in the lead with 11:45 to play. Garrett Ladd added an empty net goal to extend the Oilers’ winning streak to three, and snap the Eagles’ winning streak at seven.
>> The Americans vaulted into a 3-0 first period lead, thanks to a natural hat trick from forward Vincent Arseneau. After the third tally, Tulsa replaced starting goaltender Jake Hildebrand with backup Devin Williams. Minutes into the second period, Casey Pierro-Zabotel added a short-handed breakaway goal to make it 4-0. After a long wait, Oilers fans were able to celebrate the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss, when Garrett Ladd snapped a shot past Allen goaltender Jeremy Brodeur with 1:45 left in the middle frame. Bryan Moore increased the Americans lead to 5-1 in the third period, before Mike McKee brought the Oilers back to within three, completing the scoring.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Tuesday, Dec. 19 – Tulsa AT Wichita, 7:05pm – INTRUST Bank Arena (Wichita, KS)
Friday, Dec. 22 – Tulsa AT Allen, 7:05pm – Allen Event Center (Allen, TX)
Saturday, Dec. 23 – Tulsa AT Allen, 7:05pm – Allen Event Center (Allen, TX)
· Mark Bennett scored a goal and added an assist Friday in his first game with the Oilers after signing Thursday.
· Garrett Ladd has scored three goals in his first four games since re-signing in Tulsa last week.
· Alexandre Ranger has compiled 5 points (1g, 4a) in his last 4 games.
· Tulsa extended its win streak to 3 Friday against Colorado, and have earned points in 7 of its last 9 games.
· The Oilers have played the fewest home games (8) of any team in the ECHL.
· Tulsa leads the league with 37.56 shots on goal per game.
POINTS: 18 – Conner Bleackley*, Evan Richardson
GOALS: 10 – Conner Bleackley*, Charlie Sampair
ASSISTS: 12 – Evan Richardson
PLUS/MINUS: +10 – Joey Sides
PIMS: 44 – Conner Bleackley*
PP GOALS: 2 – Eric Drapluk, Tommy Vannelli, Adam Pleskach, Evan Richardson
SH GOALS: 3 – Conner Bleackley*
GW GOALS: 2 – Conner Bleackley*, Adam Pleskach
SHOTS: 103 – Adam Pleskach
WINS: 5 – Devin Williams, Jake Hildebrand
GAA: 2.72 – Devin Williams
SAVE %: .914 – Devin Williams
*Reassigned to Chicago (AHL)
POWER PLAY: Overall – 13/107 (12% – 25th in ECHL)
PENALTY KILL: Overall – 80/99 (81% – 20th in ECHL)
Saturday’s loss against the Allen Americans snapped a stretch of 5-straight home games that the Oilers had picked up at least a point. Tulsa started the streak with back-to-back wins over the Americans on Oct. 27th and 28th, lost an overtime tilt Nov. 3 against Utah, before beating the Grizzlies in overtime the following night. After 41 days away from the BOK Center, Tulsa ran the home point streak to 5 games Friday in the 5-3 victory over Colorado.