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Tulsa Oilers Playoff Series vs. Denver Continues Tonight

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The Tulsa Oilers face off against the Denver Cutthroats tonight in Game 2 of their first round playoff series at 7:35 p.m. at the BOK Center.  Tulsa holds a 1-0 series lead after a 4-3 victory in Game 1 on Friday night.  The 2014 Playoffs are presented by Call Okie 811.  The Oilers are digging deep in the postseason and Call Okie is reminding everyone that April is “Safe Digging Month” in Oklahoma.
Here are the notes for tonight’s game:
 
Tulsa Takes Opener: Playoff hockey returned to the BOK Center for the first time in three years on Friday night, and Ryan Menei’s late-game heroics lifted the Oilers to a 4-3 victory over the Cutthroats in Game 1 of the first round series.  Menei scored the game-winning goal with just 1:24 remaining in the third period and finished the night with three points (2 goals, 1 assist) to give Tulsa its first playoff win since April 19, 2011.  After Denver stormed to a 2-0 lead in the first period, the Oilers responded with three unanswered goals from Adam Pleskach, Menei, and Blair Macaulay.  Tulsa goalie Shane Madolora made 21 saves to earn his first career playoff win.

Menei’s Monster Night: It has been three years since Ryan Menei had a taste of postseason action and on Fridaynight on home ice, the 27-year old winger took full advantage of his opportunity.  With the Oilers trailing 2-1 in the first period, Menei lifted a backhand over the blocker shoulder of Cutthroats goalie Kent Patterson for his seventh career playoff goal.  Late in the third, Menei received a pass from Adam Pleskach and snapped the puck under Patterson’s glove for the decisive tally.  After just one game, the Winnipeg native is already tied for second in the CHL in playoff goal scoring and seventh in total points.

The Patterson Puzzle: In three regular season outings against Denver goalie Kent Patterson, the Oilers were only able to muster a total of six goals on 99 shots.  Patterson posted a .939 save percentage and registered a shutout on his way to a 2-1-0 record against Tulsa.  However, on Friday night in Game 1, the Oilers scored four times on Patterson in just 26 shots.  Patterson, a 2007 draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche, posted a league-best .922 save percentage during the regular season.

Playoff Firsts: Just as they had all season long, Tulsa rookies Adam Pleskach and Blair Macaulay played a key role in the Oilers Game 1 success.  Both forwards notched their first professional playoff goals on Friday night.  Pleskach put the Oilers on the board by re-directing Craig Cescon’s shot into the back of the net and Macaualay’s second period wrist shot found the upper corner of the cage to give Tulsa a 3-2 edge, its first lead of the contest.

Power Struggle: The Oilers went 2-for-23 on the power play against the Cutthroats during the regular season and were 0-for-4 on the man-advantage in Game 1 on Friday night.  Tulsa’s power play is 0-for-19 in the last five meetings against Denver and hasn’t scored a power play tally against the Cutthroats since the second game of the regular season on October 19.

What Does The Win Mean?: In their franchise history, the Oilers have earned seven victories in Game 1 of a playoff series including last night’s win over Denver.  In the six previous series, the Oilers are 3-3 when winning Game 1.

Oil Drops: The Oilers are the only lower-seeded team in the CHL playoffs to begin their series on home ice…On Fridaynight in Game 1, the Oilers held Cutthroats forward and CHL MVP, Garett Bembridge, without a point…Tulsa went 4-5-0 in Saturday home games during the regular season.

Menei’s Late Heroics Lift Oilers to Victory in Series Opener

Oilers goaltender Shane Madolora attempts to cover the puck in front of Cutthroats forward Garett Bembridge during the first period of Tulsa's 4-3 win in Game 1 of the first round playoff series on Friday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Oilers goaltender Shane Madolora attempts to cover the puck in front of Cutthroats forward Garett Bembridge during the first period of Tulsa’s 4-3 win in Game 1 of the first round playoff series on Friday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

TULSA, OK – Playoff hockey returned to Tulsa on Friday night and Ryan Menei turned in a performance worthy of the stage and the moment. The right-winger tallied two goals on the evening including the game-winner with 1:24 remaining in the third period to elevate the Oilers past the Denver Cutthroats for a 4-3 win in Game 1 of the first round playoff series.

Rhythm and tempo were nowhere to be found in the opening half of a first period mired in choppy starts and stops, frequent puck freezes by both goaltenders, and tentative play by both sides. The Cutthroats netted the first goal of the series at 12:27 of the first frame when Vincent Arseneau tipped Aaron MacKenzie’s shot through Tulsa goalie Shane Madolora. Just 92 seconds later, Daniel Barczuk ripped a wrist shot from the near circle over the pad of Madolora to give the Fish a 2-0 advantage. The Oilers answer came within 45 seconds thanks to rookie forward Adam Pleskach. As the puck slid toward the Denver blue line, Pleskach positioned himself in front of Cutthroats’ goalie Kent Patterson and re-directed a shot from Craig Cescon into the net. Pleskach, who tallied 33 times during the regular season, notched the first playoff goal of his career and cut Denver’s lead to one. At 17:38, Ben Gordon threaded a pass to Menei on top of the Denver crease and the Winnipeg native roofed a backhand over the blocker of Patterson to level the contest at 2-2.

In the second period, the Oilers took their first lead of the night on a contribution from another rookie forward. Blair Macaulay zipped the puck over Patterson’s shoulder at 8:17 to provide the home side with a 3-2 edge. Tulsa’s lead evaporated in a matter of minutes as Cutthroats’ center Troy Schwab buried a breakaway opportunity to even the score at 3-3 at the 10:46 mark of the middle frame.

Early in the third, with the contest still knotted at 3-3, Denver winger Garett Bembridge was all alone at the side of an open Oilers’ net. The CHL MVP was robbed by a diving Madolora who extended the paddle of stick to seal the post and take what would have been a sure goal away from the league’s leading scorer. The game remain deadlocked until the Oilers capitalized on a neutral zone turnover in the closing minutes. Pleskach’s pass from the neutral zone sprung Menei on a partial breakaway and the seventh-year sniper beat Patterson underneath the glove for his second lamp-lighter of the game. With Patterson pulled in the final minute, the Oilers blocked a barrage of Denver shots and held on for their first playoff victory since April 19, 2011.

Menei led all skaters with three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and Madolora recorded 21 saves to earn the first playoff win of his career. Tulsa went 0-for-4 on the power play but outshot Denver 26-24 for the game.

The Oilers hold a 1-0 series lead heading into Game 2 on Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. at the BOK Center.

The 2014 Tulsa Oilers playoffs are presented by Call Okie 811.  April is “Safe Digging Month” in Oklahoma and Call Okie is dedicated to keeping you and your family safe.  Before you dig, Call Okie at 811 and stay safe!

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Tulsa Oilers Playoff Run Begins Tonight vs. Cutthroats

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TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers begin the 2014 Ray Miron President’s Cup Playoffs tonight at 7:35 p.m. at the BOK Center in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series against the Denver Cutthroats. The 2014 Tulsa Oilers playoffs are presented by Call Okie 811. April is “Safe Digging Month” in Oklahoma and Call Okie 811 is encouraging all Oklahomans to stay safe by calling Okie before any digging projects.

It has been 1,076 days since the last playoff hockey game in Tulsa and the Oilers are celebrating tonight with a K12 Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy Block Party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in front of the BOK Center. Admission to the Block Party is free for Oilers fans of all ages and will feature live music from 92.9 BOB-FM, a mobile gaming truck, face-painting for the kids, as well as affordable snacks and beverages.

Prior to the start of the game, the Oilers are pleased to have local country duo, Alaska and Madi perform the National Anthem. The Tulsa teens were stars on Season 6 of The Voice on NBC and were part of Blake Shelton’s team on the hit singing show. Alaska and Madi will meet with fans and sign autographs in the Grand Lobby during the first intermission.

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett will signal the official start of the Oilers playoff run by dropping the ceremonial puck at center ice. Bartlett is serving his second term as Tulsa Mayor and the Oilers are extremely appreciative of his participation in this important moment for the franchise and the city.

The Oilers finished with a regular season record of 34-29-3 and are seeded seventh in the CHL Playoffs. Tulsa faced the second-seeded Cutthroats six times during the regular season and went 1-4-1 against Denver including a 1-1-0 mark on home ice. The Oilers are the only team in the league to boast three 30-plus goal scorers in Ben Gordon, Adam Pleskach, and Michel Beausoleil while the Cutthroats top line features CHL MVP Garett Bembridge and CHL assist leader Troy Schwab.

Tickets for Game 1 and Game 2 are available now by calling the Oilers office at 918-632-7825 or by logging on to www.tulsaoilers.com.

Game 2 is slated for Saturday night at the BOK Center at 7:35 p.m. and the series will shift to Denver next week for Games 3, 4, and 5 if necessary. The full first round playoff schedule is listed below:

Opening Round – Series “B” (best-of-7)
Denver Cutthroats (2) vs. Tulsa Oilers (7)
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 4 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:35
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 5 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:35
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 9 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 11 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 12 – Tulsa at Denver, 6:00
*Game 6 – Tue., Apr. 15 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:05
*Game 7 – Thu., Apr. 17 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00

*If necessary
(All Tulsa games listed in Central Time, all Denver games listed in Mountain Time)

The Oilers clash with the Cutthroats tonight in the first playoff game in Tulsa since 2011. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

The Oilers clash with the Cutthroats tonight in the first playoff game in Tulsa since 2011. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

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Tulsa Oilers Weekly News and Notes – April 1, 2014

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Last Week’s Games:
Fri. March 28 at Missouri Mavericks (3-1 W)
Sat. March 29 at Missouri Mavericks (5-3 W)
Sun. March 30 vs. Denver Cutthroats (2-0 L)

Upcoming Games:
Fri. April 4 vs. Denver Cutthroats at 7:35 p.m. – Playoff Game 1
- K12 Virtual School Block Party in front of the BOK Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
– National Anthem by local teenage country duo Alaska and Madi, contestants on season 6 of the The Voice
Sat. April 5 vs. Denver Cutthroats at 7:35 p.m. – Playoff Game 2

Playoff Tickets: The Oilers begin their first round playoff series against the Denver Cutthroats with a pair of home games this Friday and Saturday night at the BOK Center! Get your tickets to both games by calling 918-632-7825 or stop by the Oilers office (9128 E. 46th St.) to buy tickets in person. If you are a season ticket holder, you can pick up your playoff tickets at the Oilers office any day this week or at the BOK Center box office starting at 5 p.m. on Friday evening. If you haven’t purchased a playoff ticket package, call the Oilers office at 918-632-7825 by Thursday at 3 p.m.

Playoff Watch Parties: Even if you can’t travel to Denver to cheer on the Oilers, you won’t have to miss a minute of the playoff action! The Oilers staff will be hosting watch parties at Fox and Hound (71st and Garnett) for all road games during the 2014 playoffs! Fox and Hound is the only place in town where you can watch and listen to the games while cheering on the Oilers with your fellow fans. Enjoy a variety of delicious menu items and beer specials as you watch the Oilers game on one of Fox and Hound’s massive TV’s! Bring your friends and family to Fox and Hound for playoff hockey on Wednesday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. and Friday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m. to watch the Oilers battle the Cutthroats.

After going winless in seven games against Missouri, the Oilers picked up two wins over the Mavs last weekend. (photo by: John Howe)

After going winless in seven games against Missouri, the Oilers picked up two wins over the Mavs last weekend. (photo by: John Howe)

Week In Review: The Oilers concluded the 2013-14 season by recording two wins in the final three games. Friday night in Missouri, the Oilers broke through for their first win of the season against the Mavericks. Matthew Larke’s goal at 18:27 of the third period gave Tulsa its first lead of the night and proved to be the game-winning goal in a 3-1 Oilers victory. Shane Madolora made 26 saves as the Oilers claimed their third straight win and halted the Mavericks four-game win streak. Saturday night, the Oilers picked up a 5-3 win for their second straight victory over the Mavericks. Tulsa rookie Steve Mele tallied his first goal as an Oiler and Todd Robinson scored the game-winning goal on a third period power play. Brad Fogal turned aside 33 shots to earn his third win of the season and help the Oilers claim their fourth straight win. Tulsa left Missouri with four points and won two games at the Independence Events Center for the first time in a single season since the 2009-10 campaign. The regular season ended on Sunday at the BOK Center in a 2-0 loss to the Denver Cutthroats. The Oilers, who rested several of their top players, were shutout for the fourth time this season but secured the number seven seed in the 2014 playoffs.

Facing The Fish: Tulsa begins its march toward the Ray Miron President’s Cup with a first round, best-of-seven series against the second seeded Denver Cutthroats. In six meetings against the Fish in the regular season, the Oilers finished with a 1-4-1 record and Denver held an 18-9 in total goals scored. The Cutthroats are led by CHL MVP Garett Bembridge who won the Joe Burton Scoring Championship with 104 points and led the league with 42 goals. Denver center Troy Schwab finished second in the scoring race with 96 points and tied for the league lead with 71 assists while goaltender Kent Patterson posted a league-best .922 save percentage. The Cutthroats ranked third in both the power play (20.6-percent) and penalty kill (83.9-percent) and claimed the league’s best record in the month of March at 12-2-1.

The series schedule is listed below:

Denver Cutthroats (2) vs. Tulsa Oilers (7)
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 4 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:35
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 5 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:35
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 9 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 11 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 12 – Tulsa at Denver, 6:00
*Game 6 – Tue., Apr. 15 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:05
*Game 7 – Thu., Apr. 17 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
*If necessary

The Oilers and Cutthroats begin their playoff series on Friday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

The Oilers and Cutthroats begin their playoff series on Friday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

Roster Set, D-Man Signed: Each CHL playoff team is allowed 19 players on the active roster along with one player on the injured reserve and two amateur players. In order for the Oilers to comply with league requirements, forward Steve Mele was waived and defenseman Jarred Mohr has been placed on the playoff injured reserve list. The Oilers also announced on Tuesday the addition of amateur defenseman Mackenzie Johnston from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Johnston, 20, has spent the last five seasons playing in the WHL, one of the top junior hockey leagues in Canada. The 6-2, 200-pound blue-liner played four seasons with the Kelowna Rockets and split the 2013-14 season with the Prince Albert Raiders and the Saskatoon Blades. Tulsa’s final playoff roster consists of 11 forwards, eight defensemen, and two goaltenders.

Exclusive Club: The Oilers are the only team in the CHL to boast three 30-goal scorers. Tulsa was led by Ben Gordon’s 36 goals followed by 33 from rookie Adam Pleskach and 31 tallies by veteran winger Michel Beausoleil. The Oilers haven’t featured three 30-goal scorers since the 2005-06 season when Jim Dahl, Henry Kuster, and Jaroslav Cesky each recorded 35 goals.

Hardware Handed Out: Prior to Sunday’s regular season finale against Denver, the Oilers announced the winners of their annual team awards.

Team MVP – Ben Gordon
Offensive Player of the Year – Ben Gordon
Defensive Player of the Year – Nathan Lutz
Rookie of the Year – Adam Pleskach
Most Improved – Blair Macaulay
Fan Favorite – Kyle Bochek
Ironman Award (for appearing in all 66 games) – Nathan Lutz, Craig Cescon, Drew Fisher, Michel Beausoleil
Vic Poole “Never Give Up” Award – Ryan Menei
Community Service Award – Ben Gordon

Winning Ways: The Oilers won 34 games in the 2013-14 season, tied for the fifth-highest win total in franchise history. Head Coach Bruce Ramsay guided the Oilers to as many road wins this season (17) as they recorded in the previous two seasons combined. Tulsa finished the regular season ranked third in the CHL in total offense with 225 goals scored and allowed 215 goals, the third-lowest total in team history.

Robinson Rolling: Since returning to the lineup on March 21 in Wichita, Oilers center Todd Robinson has posted multiple points in five consecutive games. Robinson, who led the Oilers in assists (57) and ranked eighth in the CHL scoring race with 74 points, has recorded four goals and seven assists over his last five games. The British Columbia native has 22 multi-point games this season and the Oilers are 16-5-1 in those contests.

Top Five: The Oilers finished the regular season with players ranked in the Top 5 in the league in the following categories:

Points – Ben Gordon (4th – 89 pts)
Goals – Ben Gordon (2nd – 36)
Assists – Todd Robinson (5th – 57)
Penalty Minutes – Kyle Bochek (3rd – 177)
Shorthanded Goals – Michel Beausoleil (T-2nd – 3)
Minor Penalties – Craig Cescon (2nd – 47)
Shots on Goal – Ben Gordon (3rd – 256)
Goalie Appearances – Shane Madolora (1st – 53)
Goalie Wins – Shane Madolora (T-3rd – 29)
Saves – Shane Madolora (3rd – 1,362)

Tulsa defenseman Craig Cescon led his team in minor penalties during the regular season. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Tulsa defenseman Craig Cescon led his team in minor penalties during the regular season. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

Oil Drops: The Oilers are the only lower-seeded team in the CHL playoffs to begin their first round series on home ice…Tulsa has only one playoff series victory in the last 20 years (2011 over Mississippi)…The Oilers went 2-for-23 on the power play against Denver this season…Michel Beausoleil leads all Oilers with 14 points in his last 10 games…As a team, the Oilers were +90 in February but -49 in March…

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Final Playoff Roster Revealed, Amateur Defenseman Added

TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers have finalized their 2014 playoff roster as they prepare to face off against the Denver Cutthroats in a best-of-seven first round series. The Oilers postseason run begins at the BOK Center on Friday, April 4 at 7:35 p.m.

Each CHL playoff team is allowed 19 players on the active roster along with one player on the injured reserve and two amateur players. In order for the Oilers to comply with league requirements, forward Steve Mele was waived and defenseman Jarred Mohr has been placed on the playoff injured reserve list.

The Oilers also announced on Tuesday the addition of amateur defenseman Mackenzie Johnston from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Johnston, 20, has spent the last five seasons playing in the WHL, one of the top junior hockey leagues in Canada. The 6-2, 200-pound blue-liner played four seasons with the Kelowna Rockets and split the 2013-14 season with the Prince Albert Raiders and the Saskatoon Blades.

Tulsa’s final playoff roster consists of 11 forwards, eight defensemen, and two goaltenders.

The Oilers finished the regular season with a 34-29-3 record, a 12-win improvement over last season. Head Coach Bruce Ramsay has guided the Oilers back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and despite being the lower seed in the first round matchup with the Cutthroats, Tulsa will play the first two games of the series on home ice. The full series schedule is listed below.

Opening Round – Series “B” (best-of-7)
Denver Cutthroats (2) vs. Tulsa Oilers (7)
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 4 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:35
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 5 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:35
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 9 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 11 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 12 – Tulsa at Denver, 6:00
*Game 6 – Tue., Apr. 15 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:05
*Game 7 – Thu., Apr. 17 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00

*If necessary

Tickets for the Oilers home playoff games can be purchased in person at the Oilers office (9128 E. 46th St.) or by calling 918-632-7825.

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# Name     Pos. Ht Wt Age Hometown Last Team
4 Nathan Lutz D 6’1″ 230 36 Mistatim, SK Wichita (CHL)
7 Chapen Leblond F 6’1″ 200 22 Terrace, BC Mississippi (SPHL)
8 Scott Macaulay D 5’8″ 170 22 Winnipeg, MB N. Michigan Univ.
10 Ryan Menei F 5’11″ 195 27 Winnipeg, MB Tulsa (CHL)
11 Adam Pleskach F 6’2″ 210 25 Beausejour, MB Amer. Int’l Coll.
13 Ben Gordon F 5’10″ 180 29 Int’l Falls, MN Tulsa (CHL)
15 Kyle Bochek F 6’0″ 200 25 Port Severn, ON Bloomington(CHL)
16 Jake Obermeyer D 6’1″ 190 29 Chanhassen, MN Evansville (ECHL)
19 Todd Robinson F 5’8″ 175 35 Trail, BC Allen (CHL)
20 Drew Fisher F 6’3″ 215 26 Int’l Falls, MN Tulsa (CHL)
21 Blair Macaulay F 5’11″ 180 25 Winnipeg, MB Univ. of Manitoba
22 Mackenzie Johnston # D 6’2″ 200 20 Swift Current, SK Saskatoon (WHL)
24 Eric Tallent D 6’0″ 195 27 Garland, TX Fort Worth (CHL)
26 Jarred Mohr * D 5’11″ 185 29 Regina, SK Wichita (CHL)
27 Ryan Cramer F 6’2″ 210 27 Int’l Falls, MN Tulsa (CHL)
32 Craig Cescon D 6’2″ 210 32 Mississauga, ON Braehead (EIHL)
42 Ryan Barlock D 6’1″ 190 26 Niles, IL Tulsa (CHL)
74 Matthew Larke F 5’11″ 190 26 Royal Oak, MI Rapid City (CHL)
90 Michel Beausoleil F 5’10″ 195 33 Montreal, PQ Tulsa (CHL)
GOALTENDERS
# Name     Pos. Ht Wt Age Hometown Last Team
1 Brad Fogal G 5’10″ 175 27 Sharon, ON Arizona (CHL)
29 Shane Madolora G 5’10″ 170 27 Salinas, CA Tulsa (CHL)

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Oilers Announce First Round Playoff Schedule

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TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers are returning to the Central Hockey League playoffs for the first time in three years and will begin the postseason as the number seven seed against the second seeded Denver Cutthroats. The best-of-seven first round series is slated to start on Friday, April 4 at 7:35 p.m. at the BOK Center.

The full first round schedule is listed below:

Opening Round – Series “B” (best-of-7)
Denver Cutthroats (2) vs. Tulsa Oilers (7)
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 4 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:35
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 5 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:35
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 9 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 11 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 12 – Tulsa at Denver, 6:00
*Game 6 – Tue., Apr. 15 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:05
*Game 7 – Thu., Apr. 17 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00

*If necessary

The Oilers and Cutthroats faced off six times during the regular season and Tulsa finished the season series with a 1-4-1 record against Denver. The two clubs clashed in the regular season finale on Sunday afternoon at the BOK Center with the Cutthroats earning a 2-0 victory.

The Oilers will hold a playoff press conference on Monday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the BOK Center where Head Coach Bruce Ramsay and several Oilers players will discuss the playoff matchup against Denver.

Tulsa finished the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 34-29-3 and reached the 30-win plateau for the second time in Ramsay’s tenure and just the second time in the last nine seasons.

Tickets for Game 1 and Game 2 of the first round series are on sale now. Call the Oilers office at 918-632-7825 or log on to www.tulsaoilers.com for more information.

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Tulsa Falls To Denver in Finale, Locks Up Seven Seed in Playoffs

The puck bounces out of the back of the Tulsa net after Denver forward A.J. Gale scored in the 3rd period of the Cutthroats 2-0 win over the Oilers on Sunday at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle)

The puck bounces out of the back of the Tulsa net after Denver forward A.J. Gale scored in the 3rd period of the Cutthroats 2-0 win over the Oilers on Sunday at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle)

TULSA, OK – Resting several of their stars and playing with just 14 skaters for the most of the evening, the Tulsa Oilers closed out the 2013-14 regulars season with a 2-0 loss to the Denver Cutthroats in front of 5,146 at the BOK Center. The loss, coupled with a victory by the Brampton Beast earlier in the afternoon, gives the Oilers the number seven seed in the upcoming CHL playoffs where they will meet the Cutthroats in a best-of-seven first round series.

Sunday’s contest was scoreless for 39 minutes until Steve Kaunisto’s wrist shot was re-directed into the Tulsa net by Denver forward Matt Glasser. The Cutthroats carried a 1-0 advantage into the third period.

A.J. Gale buried a pass from Garett Bembridge at 7:33 of the third period to provide the visitors with a two-goal cushion. The Oilers fired just one shot on goal in the final frame and were shutout for the fourth time this season. Tulsa ended the season series against Denver with a 1-4-1 record.

Tulsa finished the season with an overall record of 34-29-3 with 17 of those victories on home ice and 17 wins on the road. The Oilers mark is a 12-win improvement from last season and the second-largest win differential from one season to the next in franchise history. After missing the postseason for two straight seasons, the Oilers are back in the hunt for the Ray Miron President’s Cup for the first time since 2011.

Ben Gordon, named Oilers MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in a pre-game ceremony, ended his second season in Tulsa as the team leader in goals (36) and points (89). Four players – Nathan Lutz, Craig Cescon, Drew Fisher, and Michel Beausoleil – appeared in all 66 games and goaltender Shane Madolora recorded 29 wins, just three shy of the single-season franchise record.

Tulsa’s postseason run begins on Friday, April 4 at 7:35 p.m. at the BOK Center in Game 1 against the Cutthroats.

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Oilers Down Mavs 5-3 For Fourth Straight Win

Oilers forward Blair Macaulay chases the puck behind the Missouri net during the 3rd period of Tulsa's 5-3 win over the Mavericks on Saturday night at Independence Events Center. (photo by: John Howe)

Oilers forward Blair Macaulay chases the puck behind the Missouri net during the 3rd period of Tulsa’s 5-3 win over the Mavericks on Saturday night at Independence Events Center. (photo by: John Howe)

INDEPENDENCE, MO – Todd Robinson has made a career off of setting up his teammates but the 35-year old veteran still has a knack for scoring timely goals. Robinson’s third period power play goal proved to be the difference on Saturday night in a 5-3 victory for the Tulsa Oilers over the Missouri Mavericks. The Oilers won their fourth straight contest and picked up their second victory in as many nights over the first-place Mavs.

Tulsa rookie Steve Mele, playing in just his fourth game as an Oiler, broke a scoreless tie at the 8:58 mark of the second when he deposited a nifty pass from Chapen Leblond behind Missouri goalie Shane Owen. The Oilers lead swelled to 2-0 thanks to rookie defenseman Scott Macaulay. On the power play at 13:02, Robinson zipped a pass to the tape of Macaulay who lifted a snap shot over the glove of Owen for his third goal of the season. The Mavericks pulled back within one at 16:12 as Mike Ramsay’s power play wrist shot sizzled past Brad Fogal. Tulsa restored its two-goal edge at 18:36 when Eric Tallent’s shot from the right wing deflected through Owen. Once again, the Mavs responded promptly and struck again before the period came to a close. Tyler Currier stuffed home a rebound from inside the Oilers crease to cut the visitors lead to 3-2 heading into the third.

Mavericks’ forward Andrew Courtney tallied the equalizer at 6:30 of the final frame when he swatted a Sebastien Thinel pass through Fogal for his 33rd goal of the season. With Trevor Kell in the penalty box for holding, the Oilers wasted little time restoring their lead. A series of quick passes from Nathan Lutz and Scott Macaulay moved the puck to the near face-off circle where Robinson stick was waiting for a one-timer. The veteran center didn’t as much heat on the shot as he hoped but with Owen over-committed on the far side of the net, Robinson’s shot found a wide open cage and the Oilers held a 4-3 edge with 11:56 remaining. Michel Beausoleil’s empty net goal put the finishing touches on the Oilers triumph as the Oilers ended the season series against Missouri with a 2-7-0 record.  Fogal, who made 33 saves overall, turned aside 16 shots in the third period to preserve his third win as an Oiler.

After winning just 17 road games over the last two seasons combined, the Oilers recorded their 17th road victory of the season on Saturday night and finished the 2013-14 campaign with a 17-14-2 record away from home.  Tulsa earned two wins at the Independence Events Center for the first time since the 2009-10 season. With the win, the Oilers can finish no worse than seventh in the final CHL standings.

The Oilers will close out the regular season on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. against the Denver Cutthroats at the BOK Center.

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Larke Lifts Oilers to 3-1 Victory Over Mavericks

Oilers Nathan Lutz (4) and Matthew Larke crash the Missouri net during the 3rd period of Tulsa's 3-1 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night at the Independence Events Center. (photo by: John Howe)

Oilers Nathan Lutz (4) and Matthew Larke crash the Missouri net during the 3rd period of Tulsa’s 3-1 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night at the Independence Events Center. (photo by: John Howe)

INDEPENDENCE, MO – In just four games, Matthew Larke has made an immediate impact for the Tulsa Oilers offense and Friday night in Missouri, the newly acquired forward provided late heroics. Larke scored the game-winning goal with just a minute and half remaining in regulation to help the Oilers earn a 3-1 victory over the Mavericks at the Independence Events Center. Tulsa recorded its third straight win and beat Missouri for the first time in eight games this season.

In a fast-moving first period, Mavs’ forward Andrew Courtney got the scoring started at 13:39 when he snapped a puck past Tulsa goalie Shane Madolora from between the circles. Courtney’s team-leading 32nd tally of the season gave the home team a 1-0 lead heading into the second frame.

The Mavericks’ lead remained until the closing seconds of the middle period. Todd Robinson’s shot from the point changed direction and speed as it bounced through Mavs’ goalie Shane Owen and into the back of the net. The game was knotted at 1-1 on Robinson’s 16th of the season.

An evenly played, tight-checking contest continued into the third period but the draw was finally broken thanks to a key face-off win by Robinson. After winning a draw just outside the Missouri blue line, Robinson zipped a pass to the right-wing for Eric Tallent. The Oilers defenseman cruised into Mavericks’ territory and slung the puck across the formation to the waiting tape of Larke. A quick release from Larke surprised Owen who watched the puck slide through his legs with 1:33 left in regulation. Larke’s third goal as an Oiler gave Tulsa its first lead of the night and moments later, Ben Gordon sealed the deal with an empty net goal at 19:13.

Madolora kept the high-powered Mavs’ offense at bay by finishing with 26 saves on 27 shots to earn his 29th victory of the season. Both sides enjoyed just two power plays and neither team was able to cash in with the man-advantage. Tulsa outshot Missouri 28-27 and ended the Mavericks’ four-game win streak.

The Oilers and Mavericks will conclude their season series with the ninth meeting of the season tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. from the Independence Events Center.

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Ben Gordon Selected to All-CHL Team

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TULSA, OK – The Central Hockey League announced its 2013-14 All-CHL Team on Monday afternoon and Tulsa Oilers forward Ben Gordon is one of six players named to the prestigious list. Earlier today, Gordon’s linemate Adam Pleskach was voted to the CHL All-Rookie Team.

Gordon, who is also a candidate for CHL Most Valuable Player and CHL Man of the Year, leads the Oilers with 88 points and ranks fourth in the CHL scoring race. Gordon’s point total is the highest of any Oilers player since Todd Marcellus registered 93 points during the 2002-03 campaign. Since February 1, the International Falls native has been on a scorching scoring pace with 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 19 games. Gordon, in his second season with the Oilers, is currently on a six-game point streak and has recorded at least a single point in 16 of the last 19 contests. The 29-year old was named the CHL Player of the Month for February and has been tabbed as CHL Player of the Week on four occasions this season. Gordon has tallied a whopping five hat-tricks and has posted four points or more in seven contests this season.
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Joining Gordon on the All-CHL Team are Denver forwards Garrett Bembridge and Troy Schwab, Missouri defenseman Matt Stephenson, Allen blue-liner Tyler Ludwig, and Missouri goaltender Shane Owen.

The Oilers will begin the final weekend of the regular season on Friday night against the Missouri Mavericks at the Independence Event Center. Tulsa and Missouri will face off again on Saturday before the Oilers return home for the regular season finale against the Denver Cutthroats on Sunday afternoon at the BOK Center.

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