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

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RESULTS

Friday, Dec. 15 – Tulsa 5, Colorado 3  (BOK Center – Tulsa, OK) | Box Score | Video Highlights

>> 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.

Saturday, Dec. 16 – Allen 5, Tulsa 2  (BOK Center – Tulsa, OK) | Box Score | Video Highlights

>> 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)

FAST FACTS

·         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.

 

TEAM TRENDS

·         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.

STATISTICAL LEADERS

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)

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

POWER PLAY:    Overall – 13/107 (12% – 25th in ECHL)

                                Last Week – 0/2 (0%)

PENALTY KILL:   Overall – 80/99 (81% – 20th in ECHL)

                                Last Week – 4/4 (100%)

LAST DROP

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.

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