Oilers Weekly News and Notes – November 25, 2013
Last Week’s Games:
Fri. Nov. 22 @ Allen (3-1 L)
Sat. Nov. 23 @ Allen (10-8 W)
Sun. Nov. 24 vs. Allen (4-2 W)
Wed. Nov. 27 @ St. Charles – 7:05 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 29 @ Missouri – 7:05 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 30 @ Quad City – 7:05 p.m.
Week In Review: The Oilers took two out of three games from the Americans in a weekend series that featured two contests in Allen and one in Tulsa. Americans’ goalie David Brown made 31 saves on Friday in Allen’s 3-1 victory that snapped the Oilers three-game win streak. Saturday, the Oilers survived an offensive slugfest in a wild 10-8 win that featured a second period with 10 goals and a line brawl. Tulsa capped off the series victory on Sunday with a 4-2 win at the BOK Center. Ross MacKinnon made 28 saves and earned his first win of the season.
Wild Night in Allen: Saturday at the Allen Event Center, the Oilers and Americans combined for 18 goals and 101 penalty minutes in a 10-8 Tulsa triumph. The wildly entertaining contest set a new CHL-high for goals in a game this season and shattered the previous mark from October 26 when Quad City beat St. Charles 7-5. The Oilers set new season highs for goals in a game, goals against in a game, penalty minutes (53), goals in a period (7 in the second) and shots in a single period (24 in the second). Center Todd Robinson led the offensive onslaught with seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) while rookie forward Adam Pleskach recorded the Oilers first hat-trick of the season and finished the contest with four goals and two assists. Tulsa took control of the contest late in the second period by scoring three goals on a five minute power play to take an 8-5 lead heading into the final frame. The Americans roared back to even the score at 8-8 with nine minutes to play but Tulsa rookie Blair Macaulay put the Oilers back in front just 19 seconds later with a blast from the right face-off circle. The Oilers hit a double-digit goal total for the first time since February 15, 2008 when they posted a 10-3 win against the Mississippi Riverkings.
Losing Long Gone: Since dropping their first seven games of the season, the Oilers have rattled off nine wins in their last 11 games and sit just four points out of first place in the CHL standings. Tulsa leads the league with 65 goals and is averaging 3.6 goals per game.
Starting To Solve The Americans: The wins on Saturday and Sunday gave Tulsa its first back-to-back victories over Allen since December of 2011. The Oilers started the season 0-3-1 against the Americans but have bounced back to win three of the next four meetings.
“Bobo’s” Streak: Veteran forward Michel Beausoleil is on a six-game goal streak, the longest current goal streak in the CHL. Beausoleil has seven goals in his last six games. The Montreal native is in second place in the CHL goal race.
Four In One: Right wing Adam Pleskach had a four-goal night for the Oilers on Saturday and did all of his damage in the second period. In the span of 12:22, Pleskach tallied twice at even strength and twice on the power play. The Winnipeg native ranks second on the Oilers with 20 points in just 13 games and led all skaters in Saturday’s tilt with nine shots on goal. The last Oiler to score four goals in a game was Ryan Menei on February 5, 2013 in a 5-2 win over Rapid City.
Robinson’s Record: With a pair of goals to go along with five assists on Saturday night, 35-year old Todd Robinson put up seven points in a single game for the first time in his 15-year career. Playing against his former team, Robinson found the net in the final minute the second period and put the finishing touches on an Oilers win with an empty net goal in the closing seconds of the game. The former CHL scoring champ is tied for the league lead in assists, and ranks second in points.
Rougher and Tougher: Through 18 games, the Oilers are tied for the CHL lead with 24 major penalties. Tulsa has been given fighting majors in five of its last six games and forward Alexandre Beauregard has dropped the gloves five times in his last five games including three bouts on Sunday against the Americans.
Road Record Remains Strong: The Oilers have earned points in six of their eight road games this season. With a mark of 4-2-2 away from home, Tulsa is one of only four teams in the CHL to boast a winning road record. The Oilers won just eight road games during the entire 2012-13 regular season.
Scoring Leaders: Four Oilers forwards rank in the top 10 in the CHL in total scoring. Todd Robinson is second in the league with 27 points while Michel Beausoleil, Adam Pleskach, and Ben Gordon stand tied for seventh with 20 points apiece.
Around the League: The Arizona Sundogs are the CHL’s hottest team with five straight wins…Rapid City is the only team with an unblemished road record (7-0-0) while the Wichita Thunder remains the only CHL team without a win on home ice (0-7-2)…Missouri veteran Sebastien Thinel has put up 18 points during a current CHL-high 11-game point streak.