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GAME ON! – Oilers Will Play Tonight vs. Arizona
The Only Show in Town Tonight is Tulsa Oilers Hockey!
TULSA, OK – It is hockey weather in Green Country and despite the recent winter storm that has pushed through northeast Oklahoma, the Tulsa Oilers will take the ice tonight at 7:35 p.m. against the Arizona Sundogs.
The game will be played as scheduled and there are no plans to re-schedule Sunday’s home game against Arizona.
With many businesses and schools closed around town, Oilers hockey presents the perfect opportunity to get over the cabin fever and experience the excitement of the fastest game in town! Snowfall is expected to stop this afternoon and road conditions should be improving across the metro area. Don’t shut yourself in and miss out on the best, and only entertainment option in the city on Friday night!
Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the BOK Center for Toys for Tots and receive a ticket discount as well as a voucher for two free tacos from Jack In The Box. Sunday’s game is set for 4:05 p.m. and immediately following the contest, all fans are invited to skate with the Oilers players at the outdoor WinterFest rink in front of the BOK Center.
For questions or ticket information regarding tonight’s game or the game on Sunday, please call the Oilers office at 918-632-7825.
Oilers Add Rookie Goaltender
TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers announced on Thursday the signing of rookie goaltender Alex Dupuis.
A 24-year old, Dupuis spent the last four seasons stopping pucks at Lakehead University in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The 6’0”, 195-pound netminder left Lakehead as the program’s all-time leader in wins (62) and games played (109). As a freshman in the 2009-10 season, Dupuis set a single-season school record by earning six playoff victories. He finished his collegiate career with an overall goals against average of 2.91 and a save percentage of .908.
“Alex was one of the best college goalies in Canada and there’s no doubt he can have success at this level,” said Bruce Ramsay, Oilers Head Coach. “We need consistency from the goaltender position and hopefully Alex can make some of those game-changing saves that we have to have.”
Prior to his time in college, Dupuis played four seasons of Junior “A” hockey in Canada. In 2008-09, he backstopped the Summerside Western Capitals (MJAHL) all the way to the Royal Bank Cup, the tournament which determines the Canadian Junior “A” National Champion. With the Capitals, Dupuis enjoyed his best junior season by posting 20 wins and a 2.61 goals against average in 37 appearances.
Dupuis steps into the Oilers roster spot vacated by Ross MacKinnon who was waived earlier in the week.
The Oilers (10-9-2) return to home ice at 7:35 p.m. on Friday night for their first meeting of the season against the Arizona Sundogs. Fans who donate a new, unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots will receive a discount ticket and a voucher for two free tacos from Jack In The Box. Tulsa travels to Wichita on Saturday before ending the weekend at home on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. against Arizona. Immediately following Sunday’s game, Oilers fans will have the chance to skate with the players at the WinterFest rink in front of the BOK Center.
Help the Youth Oilers Compete in National Tournaments!
Tulsa teams to collect donations at Friday’s Oilers game
TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Jr. Oilers Competitive Youth Hockey Program is gearing up for three national tournaments at the end of December. Oilers fans can help support these youth teams by bringing a donation to the BOK Center on Friday, December 6 when the Tulsa Oilers host the Arizona Sundogs at 7:35 p.m.
The Tulsa Jr. Oilers Mite Minor Team and Squirt Team are traveling to Minnesota this month to play four games. Both squads will also get an opportunity to compete in an outdoor game. The Mite Major Team is heading to Phoenix, Arizona for the 15th Annual Coyotes Cup, a 12-division tournament that acts as an AAU national qualifying event.
On Friday evening, youth players will be accompanied by an adult at the BOK Center gate entrances before and after the game. During the intermission, players will be in the concourse area and at a table in the Grand Lobby which will be set up for tax deductible donations. All types of payment, cash, check, credit card, will be accepted.
The Tulsa Jr. Oilers Youth Hockey teams are looking forward to cheering on the Oilers, collecting some funds toward their trips, and raising awareness of competitive youth hockey in Tulsa The Youth Hockey coaches, parents, and players want to extend thanks to the Oilers fans for their generosity!
Central Hockey League Sets Expansion Plans
League to Expand Membership for 2014-15
GLENDALE, AZ (December 4, 2013) – Central Hockey League Commissioner Steve Ryan announced today that the League will expand by a maximum of two teams for the 2014-15 season. The CHL Board recently gathered in Las Vegas and after the meetings concluded, expressed their confidence and support to expand membership to 12 teams.
“The Board is enthusiastic about the current momentum and future direction of the League and wishes to expand beyond its current geographical footprint,” said Ryan. “We receive numerous expressions of interest for expansion, both formal and informal, and are now prepared to commence a formal bid process.”
“When we came together to purchase the League, we gained control of our future and the ability to grow the legacy of the CHL into the future,” said Brad Fain, Owner of the Arizona Sundogs. “Under the guidance of the Commissioner, we believe this will be the best ‘AA’ minor league in North America. Our efforts to build a sustainable and compelling business model will attract highly qualified and passionate owners in the best markets.”
This past off-season saw the CHL expand to St. Charles, Missouri (St. Louis area) and Brampton, Ontario (Toronto area).
Last June, team owners acquired the CHL in an asset purchase acquisition from Global Entertainment, a publicly traded company that had owned the League for the previous two decades.
In October, the CHL appointed Steve Ryan as its Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer. Ryan has an extensive management background in professional sports serving as President of NHL Enterprises from 1981-95. Additionally, he was President of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins and Commissioner of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
To facilitate its expansion strategy, the League has retained the Sports Advisory Group (SAG), a division of W.B. Grimes, which is one of the leading sports acquisition firms in North America. SAG will initiate interaction with potential expansion candidates and advise the League on its plan for growth.
Founded as a professional league in 1963 by the National Hockey League, the Central Hockey League delivers outstanding family entertainment and in-arena excitement and is comprised of 10 teams in eight U.S. states and one Canadian province. Learn more about the CHL at www.centralhockeyleague.com.
Oilers Weekly News and Notes – December 2, 2013
Last Week’s Games:
Wed. Nov. 27 @ St. Charles (4-3 W-SO)
Fri. Nov. 29 @ Missouri (4-3 L)
Sat. Nov. 30 @ Quad City (9-3 L)
Fri. Dec. 6 vs. Arizona – 7:35 p.m.
- Toy Drive with Toys for Tots, Tulsa’s Channel 8, and the U.S. Marine Corp…bring a new, unwrapped toy to the BOK Center and receive a ticket discount and a voucher from Jack In The Box for two free tacos.
Sat. Dec. 7 @ Wichita – 7:05 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 8 vs. Arizona – 4:05 p.m.
- Post-game skate with the Oilers players outside of the BOK Center on the WinterFest rink…free ticket vouchers available at all Tulsa area Mazzio’s location…Papa John’s Family Packs (4 tickets, large pizza) available for as low as $49.
Bring a Toy and Save!: The Oilers have teamed up with Tulsa’s Channel 8 and the United States Marine Corp for a toy drive benefitting Toys for Tots at this Friday’s game at the BOK Center. Make the holiday season special for some of the underprivileged kids in Green Country by bringing a new, unwrapped to the BOK Center when the Oilers face off against the Sundogs on December 6 at 7:35 p.m. Each person who donates will receive a discounted ticket to the game and a voucher from Jack In The Box for two free tacos.
Floor Hockey Tradition Continues: This Wednesday, the Oilers will trade their skates for shoes and compete in the third annual Childers Middle School floor hockey game. Oilers players visited Childers last month to help inspire the students to donate to the Broken Arrow holiday food drive. The two classrooms with the most donations will compete with the Oilers on Wednesday in hopes of taking home the coveted “Frozen Turkey Cup.”
Week In Review: The Oilers went 1-2-0 on a three-game road trip last week and began with a 4-3 shootout victory in St. Charles on Wednesday night. Michel Beausoleil netted the game-tying goal with seven minutes left in regulation and Tulsa outscored St. Charles 3-1 in a four-round shootout. The Oilers three-game win streak was snapped on Friday in a 4-3 setback in Missouri. The Mavericks struck three times in the first 9:41 of the first period and Tulsa’s comeback effort fell just short. In Moline, Illinois on Saturday, the Oilers surrendered seven unanswered goals in the second period and were routed 9-3 by Quad City.
Rest Needed: The Oilers played 16 games in the 30 days of November and have played more games (21) than any other team in the CHL. Tulsa went 10-6-0 in November, its highest win total in a single month since recording 13 victories in November of 2002. Despite dropping back-to-back games for the first time since November 1 and 2, Tulsa has still won 10 of its last 14 games. The Oilers are in sole possession of fifth place in the CHL standings, one point behind fourth-place Denver and one point ahead of sixth-place Brampton.
Robinson Recognized: Center Todd Robinson is the CHL’s Second Star of the Month for November. Players are awarded five points for a first star of the game selection, three points for second star, and one point for third star. Robinson, who finished the month with 15 star points, led the league in scoring in November with 25 points (6 goals, 19 assists) and is tied for the CHL scoring lead with 30 points on the season. The British Columbia native leads Tulsa with seven multiple-point games this season and is tops on the team in assists, points, and power play points. Arizona’s Jason Morgan was named First Star of the Month while Konrad Reeder of Rapid City took home Third Star honors.
Duck Destruction: In the 9-3 loss to the Mallards on Saturday, the Oilers set new season-highs for goals allowed in a game and goals allowed in a single period. Quad City lit the lamp seven times in the span of 16:28 in the second period. It is the Oilers most lopsided defeat since opening weekend of last season when they dropped an 8-2 contest in Wichita. Nine goals is the most the Oilers have surrendered in a game since New Year’s Eve of 2010 in a 10-1 loss at Allen.
Streaks Sustained and Snapped: Forward Ben Gordon is on a six-game point streak and has posted 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in his last six outings. The 28-year old had a six-game point streak earlier this season and ranks second on the squad with 25 points. Despite having his seven-game goal streak come to an end in Missouri on Friday, right-wing Michel Beausoleil is still tied for the team lead with 13 goals and moved in sole possession of fifth place on the Oilers all-time list of games played with 292.
Road Redemption: Last season, the Oilers were able to win only eight games on the road. Through 11 road games this season, Tulsa already has five victories and has earned points in seven contests. In 2012-13, the Oilers didn’t record their fifth road win until January 18.
300 Club: Defenseman Craig Cescon appeared in his 300th professional game on Saturday in Quad City. Over a seven-year career, Cescon has played for seven teams in four leagues and recorded 43 points and 833 penalty minutes.
Taking Over The Top Ten: Tulsa has four players in the top ten in the league in scoring, more than any other team in the CHL. Todd Robinson is tied with Denver’s Garrett Bembridge for the league lead with 30 points while Ben Gordon is tied for fourth with 25 points. Rookie forward Adam Pleskach ranks ninth with 22 points and Michel Beausoleil holds down the tenth spot with 20 points.
Special Teams: With a 17-percent success rate the Oilers have the league’s fifth-best power play. However, Tulsa has allowed a CHL-worst eight short-handed goals and has the tenth ranked penalty kill in the league at just 77-percent.
Roster Moves: Defenseman Eric Tallent was placed on the 7-day IR after suffering an upper-body injury in Missouri on Friday…Defenseman Ryan Barlock was activated off the IR prior to Saturday’s game in Quad City…Kyle Bochek served a one-game suspension by sitting out Saturday’s game in Quad City and will return to the Oilers lineup on Friday against Arizona…Forward Brandon Coccimiglio has been placed on team suspension…Goaltender Ross MacKinnon has been waived.
Oilers Clobbered by Mallards in Ugly 9-3 Loss
Quad City forward Jeff Lee chipped a puck past Shane Madolora just 35 seconds into the contest and the Mallards would push the lead to 2-0 only four minutes later when Mike Stinziani jammed home his own rebound. Oilers left-winger Adam Pleskach netted his 12th goal of the season at 16:09 to cut the Mallards lead in half but that is as close as the Oilers would get.
After the second period began with a strong shift by the Oilers, the Mallards got two goals in the span of 32 seconds from Nick Grasso and Stinziani to make it a 4-1 contest. Madolora was lifted from the game after giving up four goals on 19 shots in 22 minutes of action. Ross MacKinnon came off the Oilers bench in relief but fared no better. At 6:45, Lee swatted in his second goal of the game and the Quad City rout was on. The home team went on to light the lamp four times in the final ten minutes of the period and a stunned group of Oilers could only shake their heads in disbelief at a 9-1 scoreboard. The emotions boiled over at the end of the frame when Tulsa Head Coach Bruce Ramsay was assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials after shouting and gesturing at referee Kevin Mallin.
Ben Gordon batted in a power play goal for the Oilers second score of the night and Pleskach found the net once more in the third period to round out the Oilers offense and make the final score only slight less one-sided.
Tulsa allowed a season-high nine goals and tied its season high for shots allowed in a single game by surrendering 45 to the Mallards. The line of Gordon, Pleskach, and Ryan Menei combined for eight of the Oilers nine points. Tulsa went 1-3 on its power play chances while Quad City scored two power play goals on nine opportunities. The Oilers also gave up their CHL-worst eighth short-handed goal of the season and have allowed a short-handed goal in three consecutive games.
The Oilers ended their three-game road swing with a record of 1-2-0 and will return to home ice on Friday, December 6 at 7:35 p.m. to host the Arizona Sundogs.
Tulsa’s Comeback Bid Falls Short in Missouri
John-Scott Dickson banked a shot off the stick of Oilers goalie Ross MacKinnon just 68 seconds into the game and the Mavericks were off and running. The lead grew to 2-0 at the 2:31 mark when Sebastien Thinel netted his eighth goal of the season. With just under 12 minutes remaining in the opening frame, Mavs’ forward Andrew Courtney crunched Oilers defenseman Eric Tallent into the corner glass. Tallent crumpled and Courtney was assessed a five minute boarding major and a game misconduct. The Oilers looked to take advantage of a five-minute power play but instead it was the Mavericks who added to their lead. Thinel connected with Matt Stephenson for a short-handed tally at 9:41 that signaled the end of the night for MacKinnon. Tulsa got one goal back at 16:52 when Todd Robinson rocketed a slap shot over the glove of Shane Owen to put the visitors on the board.
The second period was a scoreless stalemate until the closing seconds when Ben Gordon’s power play blast from the blue line found its way through traffic and past Owen. For a second straight game, the Oilers trailed 3-2 heading into the third period.
Despite relentless pressure from the Oilers in the final frame, the Mavericks lead held until the final minute when Stephenson’s empty net goal provided Missouri with some much needed insurance. Blair Macaulay tapped home a goal for the Oilers with six seconds left in the contest but Tulsa ran out of time and fell to 0-2-0 this season against Missouri. The Oilers outshot the Mavs 13-4 in the third period and Shane Madolora registered 17 saves on 17 shots in his relief appearance.
The Oilers conclude a three-game road swing on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. with their first visit of the season to Quad City.
Tulsa Edges St. Charles in 4-3 Shootout Victory
Tulsa forward Blair Macaulay opened the scoring by jamming a rebound past Robby Moss at the 10:40 mark of the first period. The even-strength tally, Macaulay’s third of the season, came on the heels of two quality chances for the Chill that ended with pucks flying off of goal posts. The Oilers held the lead until 18:31 of the first when confusion behind the Tulsa net led to a shorthanded goal for the Chill. Oilers goalie Ross MacKinnon left the puck behind his net and Chill forward Martin Hlinka swooped in and immediately sent a pass to the waiting stick of Jordan Fox in front of the goal. The St. Charles captain slid the puck underneath MacKinnon and the Oilers surrendered their CHL-high sixth shorthanded goal of the season.
The Oilers regained the advantage just a couple of minutes into the second period when Drew Fisher fed Ryan Cramer from behind the Chill net. Cramer’s quick snap shot buzzed past Moss to give the visitors a 2-1 edge. At 7:44 of the frame, St. Charles evened the score once again. Steve Makway’s blast from the point created a big rebound and Anthony Perdicaro pounced to fire home his fourth goal of the season. The Chill took its first and only lead of the evening at 13:35 when Martin Hlinka cleaned up another Makway rebound by lifting a backhand over MacKinnon. St. Charles carried a 3-2 lead into the third period.
With just over seven minutes remaining in the third period, Michel Beausoleil was set up by a beautiful pass from Todd Robinson. Skating out of his own zone, Robinson released the puck between his own face off circles and connected with Beausoleil’s tape at the St. Charles blue line. The veteran winger moved in one-on-one against Moss and tapped in the game-tying goal. Beausoleil extended his CHL-high goal streak to seven games and leads the Oilers with 13 goals on the season.
After a scoreless overtime frame, the Oilers got shootout goals from Robinson, Ben Gordon, and Ryan Menei. MacKinnon stopped three of the four Chill attempts to preserve the victory and help the Oilers earn the extra point. Tulsa improved to 2-2 in shootouts this season and ran its road record to 5-2-2.
The Oilers won for only the second time this season when trailing after two periods. Tulsa went 0-for-2 on its power play chances while the Chill cashed in one on of its two power play opportunities.
Tulsa’s three-game road trip continues on Friday night in Missouri and concludes with a Saturday night tilt in Quad City.
Oilers Add Young Defenseman, Make Roster Moves
TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers announced the signing of defenseman Andrew Eastman on Wednesday. Eastman will make his debut when the Oilers visit St. Charles on Wednesday night at Family Arena.
A native of Aurora, Ontario, Eastman started the 2013-14 season in San Francisco (ECHL) where he played two games for the Bulls. The 5-11, 182-pound blue-liner spent the previous two seasons at the University of Western Ontario where he led all defensemen in scoring during the 2011-12 campaign with three goals and 14 assists in 25 games. Prior to his collegiate career, Eastman played the 2009-10 season in Germany where he made 15 appearances for the Landshut Cannibals of the 2nd Bundesliga and played in 30 contests for Bad Toelz EC of the Oberliga. The 24-year old played two years of major-junior hockey with the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) and the Barrie Colts (OHL).
“Andrew is young, skilled defenseman who has been a consistent performer at every level of hockey,” commented Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay. “I think he’ll be able to contribute offensively for us and I’m looking forward to seeing him in action for the first time.”
The Oilers, winners of nine of their last 11 games, have made several roster moves as they begin a three-game road trip. Ryan Menei, Tulsa’s leading scorer from a year ago, has been activated off the 30-day injured reserve and will suit up for just the fourth time this season on Wednesday night. Forward Alexandre Beauregard and defenseman Jarred Mohr have both been granted leave by the league while defenseman Ryan Barlock remains on the IR.
Tulsa clashes with St. Charles on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. before traveling to Missouri on Friday and closing out the week with a trip to Quad City on Saturday.
The Oilers return home on December 6 to take on the Arizona Sundogs at 7:35 p.m. at the BOK Center.