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Oilers Win Streak Ends in 4-2 Setback to Sundogs

Oilers defenseman Ryan Barlock smashes his forearm into the face of Sundogs forward Sebastian Geoffrion during the 2nd period of Tulsa's 4-2 loss to Arizona on Saturday night. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Oilers defenseman Ryan Barlock smashes his forearm into the face of Sundogs forward Sebastian Geoffrion during the 2nd period of Tulsa’s 4-2 loss to Arizona on Saturday night. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

TULSA, OK – As the Tulsa Oilers discovered on Saturday night, the fortunes of a hockey team can change dramatically in the span of just 24 hours. After a 9-4 shellacking of the Arizona Sundogs on Friday evening, a contest in which the Oilers could do no wrong on offense, Tulsa struggled to manufacture scoring chances on Saturday and suffered a 4-2 loss to the Sundogs in front of 5,036 at the BOK Center. The Oilers fell for the first time in February and watched their season-high five-game win streak come to an end.

Sundogs forward Bryan Cameron broke a scoreless tie at 14:48 of the first period by finishing off a two-on-one rush with a nifty wrist shot over the glove of Oilers goalie Brad Fogal. Only three minutes later, Cameron struck again when he reeled in a rebound and buried the puck from the side of the crease to give the visitors a 2-0 edge.

Arizona goalie Andrew Engelage kept the Oilers silent until the 17:13 mark of the second period when Adam Pleskach’s pass from the corner bounced off of Ben Gordon and ricocheted over Engelage into the net. Gordon’s seventh goal in the the last four games and 26th of the season cut the Sundogs lead to 2-1 heading into the third period.

With Tulsa defenseman Scott Macaulay serving a tripping minor, Sundogs forward Kevin Baker pounced on a loose puck in the slot and rifled a shot through Fogal to push Arizona’s advantage back to two goals with only two minutes gone by in the final frame. A partial breakaway goal from Blair Macaulay brought the Oilers back within one at 6:50 but Arizona’s defense tightened and prevented Tulsa from completing the comeback. Sebastian Geoffrion, who dropped the gloves with Oilers defenseman Ryan Barlock for the second night in a row, slid in an empty net tally at 19:02 to seal the victory for Arizona.

Tulsa ended the night 0-for-2 on the power play and was outshot for the sixth consecutive contest. Oilers center Todd Robinson, who re-aggravated a lower body injury on Friday, was not active on Saturday night and has missed seven of the last eight games.

The two clubs split their weekend series in Tulsa and will now prepare for a pair of games in Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Oilers dropped back into a tie with Arizona and Brampton for sixth place in the CHL standings.

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Menei Records Hat-Trick as Oilers Cruise in 9-4 Rout of Sundogs

Ryan Menei (10) skates to congratulate Adam Pleskach after setting up Pleskach for a one-timer goal in the 2nd period of Tulsa's 9-4 win over Arizona on Friday night.  The assist was one of five point on the night for Menei. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Ryan Menei (10) skates to congratulate Adam Pleskach after setting up Pleskach for a one-timer goal in the 2nd period of Tulsa’s 9-4 win over Arizona on Friday night. The assist was one of five point on the night for Menei. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers scored nine goals on just 21 shots and Ryan Menei recorded his first hat-trick of the season in a 9-4 pummeling of the Arizona Sundogs in front of 3,901 at the BOK Center on Friday night. The Oilers extended their win streak to a season-high five games and moved into a tie with Brampton for seventh place in the CHL standings.

Oilers winger Michel Beausoleil opened the scoring on a power play breakaway at 3:56 of the first period but the Sundogs regrouped quickly with a pair of goals in just 20 seconds from Kevin Baker and Mark Isherwood. Arizona, 8-0-1 in its previous nine road contests, carried a 2-1 advantage into the second period.

Matt Ambroz, playing in just his fifth game as an Oiler, used a combination of touch and timing to bring the Oilers back to even. At 12:21 of the middle frame, Ambroz surprised Arizona defenseman Justin Pender by swooping in for a poke check directly in front of the Sundogs’ net. Pender lost possession and the puck slid past an unsuspecting Chris Rawlings to give Ambroz his first goal as an Oiler and provide a spark for the Tulsa offense. Ben Gordon wristed in his 26th goal of the season at 13:25 to put the Oilers back in front for good and then set up Adam Pleskach’s one-timer goal at 15:59 to give the home side a 4-2 cushion. After a power play blast from Matt McCready cut the Oilers advantage in half, Menei answered with a heavy slap-shot from the wing just 18 seconds later. For the second straight game the Oilers turned a first intermission deficit into a second intermission lead and entered the third period with a 5-3 edge.

Menei broke the game open at 5:35 of the third when he rifled a shot through Rawlings on the short side off a two-on-one Oilers rush. Less than a minute had ticked off the clock when Todd Robinson, back in the Tulsa lineup after missing six straight games due to injury, slid the puck through Rawlings legs to push the Oilers lead to 7-3. Drew Fisher roofed a shot over the glove of Rawlings a mere 32 seconds after Robinson’s tally and mercifully, Rawlings was pulled from the game after allowing eight goals on 20 shots. At 15:10 Menei capped off his hat-trick, Tulsa’s sixth hat-trick this season, by tucking a snap shot underneath the crossbar on the only shot Andrew Engelage would face in his relief effort.

The offensive explosion marks the second time this season the Oilers have scored nine goals in a single game (10-8 win at Allen on November 23). Menei finished with a five-point night (3 goals, 2 assists) while his linemate Ben Gordon chipped in four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and now has nine points in his last three games. Friday’s contest featured three fights including a lengthy brawl between a pair of heavyweights, Oilers defenseman Craig Cescon and Sundogs forward Riley Emmerson. Tulsa finished 1-for-6 on the power play and carried a 33-31 edge in penalty minutes.

Tulsa remains undefeated (5-0-0) in the month of February and returns to home ice on Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. to continue the four-game series against Arizona. The Oilers are 3-0-0 against the Sundogs this season with all three victories at the BOK Center.

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Madolora Steals The Show In Tulsa’s 2-1 Win Over Rapid City

RAPID CITY, SD – Oilers goaltender Shane Madolora followed up his 31-save performance on Tuesday night with 37 stops on Wednesday to backstop Tulsa to a 2-1 win over the Rapid City Rush in front of 3,615 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The win gives the Oilers a sweep of the two-game series against the Rush and pushed Tulsa into sole possession of seventh place in the CHL standings.

Rapid City turned the first period into a shooting gallery, firing 17 shots at Madolora over the opening 20 minutes. Former Tulsa defensemen Sean Erickson rifled a shot past Madolora at 5:48 mark of the first and the Rush carried a 1-0 lead into the second period. The Oilers, pinned back in their own zone for the majority of the frame, mustered just four shots on net.

Near the midway point of the second period, Oilers forward Kyle Bochek sped behind the Rapid City net and sent a turn-around wrist shot over the shoulder of Rush goalie Tim Boron. Bochek’s 13th goal of the season evened the game at 1-1. With four minutes left in the middle frame, Drew Fisher put a pass on the tape of Oilers newcomer Chapen Leblond who moved in all alone on Boron. Playing in just his second CHL contest, Leblond snapped a shot past Boron’s blocker to give the Oilers their first lead of the evening.

At 2:29 of the third period, Rush forward Kyle Stroh was hauled down on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. Madolora got just enough of Stroh’s shot to keep the puck out of the net and the Oilers maintained their narrow one-goal edge. Madolora continued his brilliance in the closing minutes as the Oilers weathered a final frenzy from the Rush and held on for their fourth straight victory.

Tulsa improved to 3-0-0 this season against the Rush with each victory taking place in Rapid City. The Oilers are now 4-0-0 in the month of February and return home Friday night at 7:35 p.m. to start a two-game weekend series against the Arizona Sundogs.

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Jeff Lund To Be Inducted Into CHL Hall of Fame

Jeff Lund (right), long-time Oilers owner and CHL executive, is one of two members of the CHL Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Jeff Lund (right), long-time Oilers owner and CHL executive, is one of two members of the CHL Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

GLENDALE, AZ – The Central Hockey League announced today that Jeff Lund, the Tulsa Oilers former General Manager, President, and Owner, will be inducted into the CHL Hall of Fame. Lund joins Travis Clayton, the CHL leader in all-time games played, in the CHL Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Lund’s selection to the Hall of Fame comes on the heels of a 21-year career of leadership in the Oilers organization and service to the Central Hockey League.

From 1992-99, Lund served as the Oilers General Manager and guided the club through the CHL’s re-birth while overseeing all day-to-day operations. Under Lund’s direction, the Oilers won the 1992-93 CHL Championship and went on to six straight postseason appearances. During Lund’s tenure as General Manager, the Oilers averaged more than 5,500 fans per game.

Lund purchased the Oilers in 1999 and served as team President until 2013, helping the Oilers rank in the top half of the league in attendance for 20 consecutive seasons. Prior to the 2008-09 season, Lund secured a stable and profitable future for the Oilers by negotiating a successful transition from the Tulsa Convention Center to the brand new BOK Center, one of the most outstanding sports facilities in the entire country. During Lund’s tenure, the Oilers welcomed more than 500,000 fans into the new downtown arena and in his

After winning his battle against cancer in 2009, Lund was awarded the Rick Kozuback Award for perseverance, determination, and commitment to the game of hockey.

Lund served as the President of the Wichita Thunder from 2008 to 2011 and was a long-time member of the CHL’s Board of Directors. As part of the CHL’s executive bargaining committee, Lund played an integral role in helping the league negotiate the CHL’s first Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Over more than two decades of involvement in minor league hockey, Lund helped to transform the Oilers into model for other organizations to follow and worked tirelessly to ensure that the CHL could continue to provide the very best experience for its fans, players, and owners.

In the summer of 2013, Lund sold the Oilers to Steven Brothers Sports Management, LLC but continues to be involved in the growth of hockey in the Tulsa community. Lund is the owner of the Oilers Ice Center, a public skating facility that serves as a practice rink for the Oilers, Junior Oilers, and all of Tulsa’s competitive youth hockey programs.

Lund, who will join his nephew Brad Lund (Class of 2013) in the CHL Hall of Fame, is part of the CHL’s third Hall of Fame class and will be inducted in the “Builder” category.

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Gordon’s Five-Point Night Lifts Oilers Past Rush

RAPID CITY, SD – Tulsa forward Ben Gordon was a one-man wrecking crew in the first period of Tuesday night’s tilt in Rapid City. The sixth-year pro scored four goals in the span of 4:29 and assisted on another as the Oilers surged to a 5-1 lead and held off the Rush for a 5-4 victory in front of 4,003 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

After Rush forward Jared Brown slipped a shot through the legs of Oilers goalie Shane Madolora to open the scoring at 11:32, Gordon tallied his first goal of the night on the power play by banking the puck off of Rush goalie Tim Boron to even the score at 1-1 at the 13:51 mark. Just 69 seconds later, Gordon roofed a backhand over the glove of Boron to give Tulsa its first lead of the night. At 17:29, Gordon orchestrated a two-on-one rush and set up Kyle Bochek for his 12th goal of the season and the visitors enjoyed a 3-1 advantage. Only 29 seconds after his assist, Gordon completed his first period hat-trick by clanging a snap shot off the crossbar and into the net. Boron was lifted from the game after allowing four goals on 16 shots but Gordon still wasn’t finished. Back on the power play a mere 22 seconds later, the Minnesota native one-timed a feed from Scott Macaulay past Keaton Hartigan to become just the second player in the CHL this season to record four goals in a single period. Tulsa rookie Adam Pleskach found the net four times in the second period on November 23 in Allen.

Playing like a team with nothing to lose, the Rush outshot the Oilers 14-5 in the second period and managed to cut the Tulsa lead in half thanks to goals from Scott Brannon and Konrad Reeder. The Oilers carried a 5-3 edge into the final frame.

Tulsa played sound defensive hockey throughout the third period and picked up crucial stops from Madolora as the clock ticked down. Reeder re-directed a Brett Kostolansky shot into the net with exactly one minute remaining in regulation, but on the strength of key face off wins by Bochek, the Oilers were able to hold off Rapid City’s final push and secure the win.

Gordon finished with his third five-point outing of the season and his third hat-trick in the last two months (23 games). Nathan Lutz chipped in three assists for the Oilers while Ryan Menei added a pair of helpers as the Oilers picked up two points for just the second time in their last ten road games.

In their 47th game of the season, the Oilers earned their 22nd win and tied their win total from the entire 2012-13 campaign. Tulsa won its third straight contest and improved to 2-0-0 in Rapid City this season. The Oilers and Rush complete their mid-week series tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. MST at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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Oilers Weekly News and Notes – February 10, 2014

Last Week’s Games:
Sat. Feb. 8 vs. Wichita Thunder (3-1 W)

Upcoming Games:
Tue. Feb. 11 at Rapid City Rush – 8:05 p.m. (Central Time)
Wed. Feb. 12 at Rapid City Rush – 8:05 p.m. (Central Time)
Fri. Feb. 14 vs. Arizona Sundogs – 7:35 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 15 vs. Arizona Sundogs – 7:35 p.m.

For the Love of Hockey: Are you still trying to make plans for Valentine’s Day?  Do you want the evening to be exciting, romantic, and affordable?  This Friday night, you and your loved one can enjoy a memorable Valentine’s Day experience at the BOK Center as the Oilers take on the Arizona Sundogs.  For one low price of just $79, you will receive two tickets to the game, dinner for two at the ONEOK Club, access to the ONEOK Club bar, and a special gift from Russell Stover Candies.  Click on the link below to take advantage of this incredible offer or call the Oilers office at 918-632-7825 for more information.
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In addition to this special Valentine’s Day offer, the Oilers will be showing their fans some extra love by handing out valentines to the first 500 people through the doors on Friday night.  The valentines can be redeemed for prizes at the Fan Assistance Center in the Grand Lobby.

Rally Towel Giveaway: On Saturday night, the Oilers will finish off their weekend series against Arizona and the first 1,000 fans into the BOK Center will receive a free Oilers jersy rally towel from Country Financial.  Immediately following the game, all of the Oilers players will be at the ONEOK Club for a post-game autograph session.  Get your rally towel, or any other merchandise item, signed by the entire Oilers team!

The first 1,000 fans into the BOK Center on Saturday, February 15 will receive this rally towel from Country Financial.

The first 1,000 fans into the BOK Center on Saturday, February 15 will receive this rally towel from Country Financial.

Future Stars: Prior to the Oilers game against the Sundogs on Saturday, February 15, Tulsa Junior Oilers Youth Hockey will host its second annual President’s Day Mite/Squirt Tournament at the BOK Center.  This AAU National Qualifying Tournament features three divisions and teams from all over the country.  Come watch the stars of tomorrow right in your own backyard! For more information, call the Oilers office at 918-632-7825 or log on to www.tulsajroilers.com.

Oilers defenseman Eric Tallent prepares to block the shot of Wichita forward Matt Robinson during the 2nd period of Tulsa's 3-1 win over the Thunder on Saturday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Oilers defenseman Eric Tallent prepares to block the shot of Wichita forward Matt Robinson during the 2nd period of Tulsa’s 3-1 win over the Thunder on Saturday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

Week In Review: The well-rested Oilers took advantage of a light schedule last week and picked up two precious points on Saturday night with a 3-1 victory over the Wichita Thunder at the BOK Center.  Wearing special pink jerseys for their sixth annual Pink In The Rink Night presented by TD Williamson, the Oilers got goals from Adam Pleskach, Ryan Menei, and Blair Macaulay while Shane Madolora turned in a 28-save performance.  Tulsa improved to 5-2-1 against Wichita this season and maintained its narrow lead on the Thunder for the eighth and final CHL playoff spot.  After the game, the Oilers jersey auction raised more than $16,000 for Turn Tulsa Pink, a non-profit organization which provides support to cancer charities across northeast Oklahoma.

Holding On: With 20 games remaining in the regular season, the Oilers are in eighth place in the CHL standings, one point up on ninth place Wichita.  The Oilers and Thunder will meet six times in the next six weeks.  Tulsa sits just two points behind Arizona and will face the Sundogs in four consecutive games starting this Friday night at the BOK Center.  The Oilers, one game below .500 (21-22-3), need just one more victory to match their win total from last season.

Rush Preview: The Oilers visit Rapid City this week for a pair of contests on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Rush.  In the only previous meeting between the two clubs on January 7, the Oilers earned a 3-0 win at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.  Shane Madolora made 38 saves for his second shutout of the season while Drew Fisher, Todd Robinson, and Michel Beausoleil each posted two points in the victory.  The Oilers are on a two-game win streak and the Rush has dropped five of its last six contests.

Menei’s Milestone: Oilers winger Ryan Menei recorded his 400th career point on Saturday night against Wichita with an assist on Adam Pleskach’s first period goal.  Menei followed up his assist with a power play goal and has 401 points (152 goals, 249 assists) in 416 professional games.  A seventh-year pro out of Winnipeg, Menei is averaging nearly a point per game this season (30 points in 31 games) and ranks fifth on the team in total points.

Pleskach Rolling: Tulsa forward Adam Pleskach is riding a four-game goal streak and is tied with Quad City forward Matt Duffy for the longest current goal streak in the CHL.  Pleskach, who leads all CHL rookies with 27 goals this season, has found the net five times in the last four games.

Adam Pleskach's nose for the net has paid off with goals in four straight games. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Adam Pleskach’s nose for the net has paid off with goals in four straight games. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

Dialed In on “D”: After giving up an average of four goals per game during their recent six-game winless streak, the Oilers have surrendered only two goals in the last two games.  The Oilers have blanked their opponents in six of the last eight periods and have not allowed an opposition power play goal in three straight games.

Terrific Tandem: Over the last three games, Tulsa goalies Brad Fogal and Shane Madolora have combined to save 100 of the 104 shots against.  Fogal posted back-to-back 36-save performances and Madolora made the most of his last outing with 28 stops against the Thunder last Saturday.

Road Woes: Tulsa has lost eight of its last nine road games and has been outscored 32-17 in that span.  The Oilers, 8-12-2 away from home this season, have not won more than nine road games in a season since the 2010-11 campaign.

Oil Drops: Todd Robinson, Tulsa’s leading scorer (61 points), has missed the last four games with a lower body injury…Adam Pleskach leads all CHL rookies in power play goals (7) and shots (154)…Craig Cescon and Eric Tallent are tied for fifth among all CHL defensemen with +16 ratings…Shane Madolora continues to lead the league in minutes (2,094) and is with Missouri goalie Shane Owen for the league lead in saves (969).

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Oilers Prevail Over Thunder on Pink In The Rink Night

Adam Pleskach (middle) celebrates his goal with Ben Gordon and Ryan Menei during the first period of Tulsa's 3-1 win over Wichita on Saturday night. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Adam Pleskach (middle) celebrates his goal with Ben Gordon and Ryan Menei during the first period of Tulsa’s 3-1 win over Wichita on Saturday night. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

TULSA, OK – A full week of rest and practice paid off for the Tulsa Oilers on Saturday night in a 3-1 victory over the Wichita Thunder in front of 6,828 at the BOK Center. The Oilers, wearing special pink jerseys for their sixth annual Pink In The Rink Night presented by TD Williamson and benefitting Turn Tulsa Pink, got a 28-save performance from Shane Madolora and improved to 5-2-1 against the rival Thunder this season.

Less than three minutes into the first period, a shot from Oilers winger Ryan Menei created a rebound in front of the Wichita net that was buried by Adam Pleskach to give Tulsa the early 1-0 edge. Pleskach, who leads all CHL rookies with 27 goals, extended his goal streak to four games. With an assist, Menei recorded his 400th career point and still had more to contribute. On the Oilers first power play of the night near the midway point of the period, Menei walked off the wall and sizzled a wrist shot from the face off dot that beat Thunder goalie Taylor Nelson and gave the Oilers a 2-0 cushion.

The Oilers maintained their advantage through the second period and the 2-0 score carried over into the third. Matt Robinson, Wichita’s leading scorer, netted his 21st goal of the season at 3:37 of the final frame to cut Tulsa’s lead in half. Unlike last time these squads clashed at the BOK Center, the Oilers would not allow a late Thunder comeback. A diving shot by Michel Beausoleil at 12:22 restored Tulsa’s two-goal edge and from there, Madolora shut down the Thunder attack to preserve the victory.

The win pushes Tulsa three points ahead of Wichita in the race for the eighth and final CHL playoff spot and marks the first time in nearly a month the Oilers have tasted victory in back-to-back outings.

Tulsa finished 1-for-2 with the man-advantage and successfully killed off all three Wichita power plays. The Oilers have eliminated 14 of the last 15 opposition power plays and moved to 13-10-1 on home ice this season.

The Oilers are on the road in Rapid City for a pair of contests with the Rush on Tuesday and Wednesday night before returning home on Friday to host Arizona.

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6th Annual Pink In The Rink Night This Saturday

Tulsa-Oilers-2013-pink-in-the-rink-829x1024TULSA, OK – Saturday, February 8 at the BOK Center, the Tulsa Oilers are facing off with the Wichita Thunder at 7:35 p.m. and are taking a stand against cancer on the sixth annual Pink In the Rink Night presented by TD Williamson and benefiting Turn Tulsa Pink.

The Oilers players will wear special pink jerseys which will be auctioned off immediately following the game to raise money for Turn Tulsa Pink, a non-profit organization which provides assistance to men’s, women’s, and children’s cancer charities across northeast Oklahoma.  Turn Tulsa Pink will also receive a portion of the ticket proceeds from Saturday’s game and Oilers fans will have an opportunity to personally donate to the cause during a “pass-the-bucket” campaign in the first intermission.  The Oilers are encouraging all fans to wear pink in support of cancer survivors, patients, and their families.

A special group of cancer survivors will help welcome the Oilers to the ice and will also participate in a pink parade during both intermissions.

The Oilers clash with the rival Thunder for the eighth of 14 meetings in the StoneWolf Casino Cup series and Tulsa holds a 4-2-1 edge over Wichita in the previous seven contests.  Both squads remain firmly on the CHL playoff bubble, giving Saturday’s tilt extra importance beyond the usual bragging rights between the league’s oldest franchises.

Turn Tulsa Pink supports all people affected by cancer in communities throughout the Tulsa area.  Turn Tulsa Pink volunteers believe that pink is not the color of just one cancer, but the color of passion, power, and love.  No one cancer is more devastating than another when it happens to you or someone you love.  Turn Tulsa Pink is a door-to-door network of people locally who help those dealing with cancer.

TD Williamson is on the leading edge of pipeline equipment and services.  An innovative leader in the industry for more than 90 years, TD Williamson delivers onshore and offshore applications for pipelines systems around the world.

The Oilers are privileged to work closely with committed community partners like TD Williamson and Turn Tulsa Pink to raise awareness for the ongoing fight against cancer and support patients and their families during a time of need.

To purchase tickets and learn more about Pink In The Rink Night, call 918-632-7825 or log on to www.tulsaoilers.com.

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Oilers Weekly News and Notes – February 3, 2014

Last Week’s Games:
Fri. Jan. 31 at Quad City Mallards (2-1 L)
Sat. Feb. 1 vs. Denver Cutthroats (4-1 W)

Upcoming Games:
Sat. Feb. 8 vs. Wichita Thunder at 7:35 p.m.
-       Pink In The Rink Night presented by TD Williamson and benefitting Turn Tulsa Pink 

Pink In The Rink: The Oilers are doing their part to take a stand against cancer with the sixth annual Pink In The Rink Night on Saturday, February 8 at 7:35 p.m. against the Wichita Thunder.  The game is presented by TD Williamson and will raise money for Turn Tulsa Pink which provides support for cancer charities across the Tulsa area.  The Oilers players will wear special, limited edition pink jerseys which will be auctioned off at the ONEOK Club immediately following the game.  Turn Tulsa Pink will receive a portion of the ticket proceeds and the Oilers are encouraging all fans to wear pink as a show of support for cancer patients and their families.

Tulsa Oilers 2013 pink in the rink

For The Love of Hockey: If you’re still trying to make plans for Valentine’s Day, the Oilers have you covered!  For only $79, the Oilers are offering an incredible Valentine’s Day ticket package that includes two club seats, dinner for two at the ONEOK Club prior to the game, and a special Valentine’s gift from the Oilers.  Why struggle to make reservations when the Oilers have your entire evening already planned? Click here to purchase your Tulsa Oilers Valentine’s Day experience and celebrate your love at the BOK Center as the Oilers take on the Arizona Sundogs!

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Week In Review: The Oilers went 1-1-0 last week with a loss on Friday night in Quad City and a victory at home on Saturday over the Denver Cutthroats.  In the contest with the Mallards, Tulsa suffered a 2-1 setback after carrying a 1-0 lead into the third period.  Brad Fogal made 36 stops for the Oilers who dropped their sixth straight game.  The Oilers finally snapped their skid on Saturday thanks to another 36-save performance out of Fogal.  Rookie forward Blair Macaualy tallied twice for Tulsa in the first period and the Oilers, despite tying a season low with only 20 shots on net, cruised past the Cutthroats for a 4-1 win.  The Oilers beat the Fish for the first time in five meetings this season and claimed two points on home ice for the first time in three weeks.

Bubble Boys: With 43 points on the season, Tulsa remains tied with Arizona for eighth place in the CHL standings and one point ahead of the ninth place Wichita Thunder.  The Oilers will play four straight games against the Sundogs in mid-February and will face off against the Thunder seven times before the end of the regular season.  Tulsa is still tops in the CHL in total offense with 151 goals scored but has the second lowest win percentage (.500) in the league.

New Face: On Saturday, just before their game against Denver, the Oilers signed forward Matt Amrbroz.  A 6-foot-4, 210-pound winger, Ambroz, waived by the Cutthroats on Friday, is a third-year pro from Minnesota who recorded three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 11 games with Denver.  As a rookie in 2011-12, Ambroz appeared in 48 games for the Alaska Aces (ECHL) and spent the majority of the 2012-13 campaign with the Stockton Thunder (ECHL).  Prior to turning pro, the 26-year old played four seasons of college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Phenomenal Fogal: Third-year goaltender Brad Fogal showed flashes of brilliance throughout Tulsa’s last two games and finished the weekend with 72 saves on the 75 shots he faced for an impressive .960 save percentage.  The Ontario native turned in back-to-back 36-save outings against the Mallards and the Cutthroats and earned his first win as an Oiler on Saturday night in the 4-1 triumph over Denver.

Cescon Dishes Out Justice: Oilers heavyweight Craig Cescon dropped the gloves with Cuttrhoats’ enforcer Daniel Amesbury on Saturday night and what transpired was one of the best bouts in the CHL this season.  Amesbury, who appeared in 31 games for the Oilers last season, went after Tulsa forward Blair Macaulay in the second period and Cescon immediately came to his teammates’ defense.  Both combatants threw continuous punches for nearly 30 seconds as the BOK Center crowd roared its approval.

Cutthroats Curse Lifted: In the first four meetings of the season against Denver, the Oilers were only able to score a total of five goals and never scored more than two goals in a single game.  Last Saturday was a different story as the Oilers scored three times on nine first period shots and reached the four-goal plateau for the first time in six games.  Cutthroats forward Garrett Bembridge, the CHL’s leading scorer, was held without a point and the Oilers held the league’s number one power play unit to an 0-for-5 performance.

“Kach” Him If You Can: Oilers rookie Adam Pleskach is riding a four-game goal streak and continues to lead all CHL rookies with 26 goals.  The 25-year old winger is tied for the team lead with seven power play goals and has recorded 41 points (26 goals, 15 assists) in 40 games this season

Blair Macaulay chipped in two goals on Saturday to help the Oilers snap their skid. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Blair Macaulay chipped in two goals on Saturday to help the Oilers snap their skid. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

Twice As Nice: Two goals in the first period of Saturday’s win over Denver gave rookie forward Blair Macaulay his first multi-goal game as a professional.  Eight minutes into the opening frame, Macaulay walked off the boards and snapped the puck over the blocker of Cutthroats’ goalie Kent Patterson and with four minutes left in the period, Macaulay chipped a pass from Michel Beausoleil over the glove hand of Patterson.  The Winnipeg native is tied for third among all CHL rookies with 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists).

Oil Drops: With his 25th goal of the season on Saturday, Michel Beausoleil matched his highest goal output as an Oiler.  Beausoleil scored 25 goals in 61 games with Tulsa during the 2010-11 season and his career-high is 45 goals with the Oklahoma City Blazers in 2004-05…Ryan Menei is only one point shy of 400 for his career…Forward Todd Robinson remains on the 7-day IR…Defenseman Jake Obermeyer was placed on the 14-day IR.

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Fogal Helps Oilers Shut Down Cutthroats and Snap Slide

TULSA, OK – January may have ended in bitter disappointment for the Tulsa Oilers but February began in much more promising fashion. Saturday night at the BOK Center, Tulsa netminder Brad Fogal made 36 saves and the Oilers ended a six-game winless streak with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Denver Cutthroats. Tulsa tasted triumph for the first time in five meetings against Denver and earned two points on home ice for the first time in nearly three weeks.

Rookie forward Adam Pleskach jammed home a rebound in front of the Denver net just 1:44 into the first period to give the Oilers the early edge. Pleskach, who leads the Oilers and all CHL rookies with 26 goals, extended his goal streak to three games. The Cutthroats responded quickly thanks to a 6-on-5 advantage. With a delayed penalty about to be called on Tulsa, Robin Soudek snapped a shot through the legs of Fogal to even the contest at 1-1 at the 3:24 mark of the opening frame. Eight minutes into the period, Blair Macaulay put the Oilers back in front for good. The rookie winger curled off the boards and popped the puck over the blocker shoulder of Denver goalie Kent Patterson for his eighth goal of the season to give the home side a 2-1 lead. At 16:09 Macaulay received a pass from Michel Beausoleil in front of the Cutthroats cage and a quick flick of the wrist pushed the Oilers advantage to 3-1. Tulsa, which had failed to reach the three-goal plateau in five previous meetings with the Cutthroats, scored three goals on nine first period shots.

No goals were scored in the second period, but the middle frame was not without fireworks. Near the halfway point of the game, former Oiler and Cutthroats tough guy, Daniel Amesbury came charging out of the penalty box and leveled Macaulay in the Tulsa zone. Oilers heavyweight Craig Cescon immediately jumped to the defense of his teammate and the result was one of the most entertaining bouts of the CHL season. Cescon landed a series of powerful right hands while Amesbury fired back with furious punches and the tilt was finally halted as both players crashed to the ice.

The Oilers surrendered a third period lead on Friday night in Quad City, but their advantage over the Cutthroats only grew larger in Saturday’s final 20 minutes. Off a 4-on-2 rush, Beausoleil swept the puck through Patterson to give the Oilers a three-goal cushion with 4:56 gone by in the third. Fogal, making his second straight start in the Tulsa net, turned aside 15 third period shots to earn his first victory as an Oiler.

Denver entered the game with the CHL’s most potent power play (22.7-percent) but the Tulsa penalty kill successfully eliminated all five of the Cutthroats power play chances. The Oilers tied a season-low by firing just 20 shots on goal but were still able to post their highest offensive output in the last six outings. Forward Matt Ambroz, waived by Denver on Friday, made his Oilers debut while defenseman Jake Obermeyer was placed on the 14-day IR.

With the crucial two points, Tulsa remains tied with Arizona for eighth place in the CHL standings. The Oilers will enjoy a week off before returning to home ice on Saturday, February 8 to face off against Wichita.

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