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Oilers Weekly News and Notes – November 4, 2013
Last Week’s Results
Wed. October 30 @ Allen – 4-3 Shootout Loss
Fri. November 1 vs. Missouri – 4-3 Loss
Sat. November 2 vs. Allen – 5-4 Loss
Sun. November 3 @ Allen – 3-1 Win
Wed. November 6 vs. Wichita Thunder at 7:05 p.m. – $2 Beer night, College Student Ticket Packs available
Fri. November 8 vs. St. Charles Chill at 7:35 p.m. – Veteran’s Night, Free ticket vouchers available at Drysdale’s
Sat. November 9 vs. St. Charles Chill at 7:35 p.m. – Adopt-an-Oiler auction after the game
Week In Review: The Oilers started the week with a narrow 4-3 shootout loss in Allen on Wednesday night. Tulsa fired 45 shots on goal and outshot the Americans 19-2 in the third period. Allen goalie Bryan Pitton stopped all five of the Oilers shootout attempts and Tulsa was forced to settle for a single point. In the first meeting of the season against the Mavericks on Friday, the Oilers fell behind 3-0 after the first period. Tulsa fought back to tie the game early in the third period only to watch the Mavs answer minutes later and hang on for a 4-3 win. The Oilers lost their sixth consecutive one-goal game on Saturday in a 5-4 setback to the Americans. Tulsa led 4-3 in the third period but Allen forward Kale Kerbashian scored the game-tying and game-winning goals just two and half minutes apart to push Allen to its fourth straight victory over the Oilers. Sunday afternoon at the Allen Event Center, the Oilers recorded their first win of the season, a 3-1 triumph over the Americans. Brandon Coccimiglio, Adam Pleskach, and Michel Beausoleil chipped in goals for Tulsa and Shane Madolora turned aside 27 shots as the Oilers improved to 1-5-2.
Sigh of Relief: Sunday’s 3-1 win in Allen marked the first time this season the Oilers held an opponent to fewer than three goals. The victory lifted the Oilers out of last place in the CHL standings. Tulsa jumped over Arizona into ninth place and trails Wichita, St. Charles, and Quad City by only a single point.
Sensational Second Line: In the last three games, the Tulsa trio of Kyle Bochek, Brandon Coccimiglio, and Adam Pleskach has combined for 14 points. Each member of the Oilers second line is riding a three-game point streak. Bochek registered his first goal of the season against Allen on Saturday and chipped in assists on Friday and Sunday. Coccimiglio, who made his Oilers debut on Friday against the Mavericks, has two goals and four assists in the last three games and ranks third on the team in total points. Pleskach, just signed by the Oilers prior to Friday’s game, scored the game-tying goal in his first appearance and followed up with three assists on Saturday against Allen. The rookie right-winger notched the game-winning goal in Tulsa’s 3-1 victory on Sunday.
Still Streaking: Ben Gordon assisted on Michel Beausoleil’s empty net goal in Allen on Sunday and ran his team-high point streak to five games. Gordon, Tulsa’s second leading scorer last season, has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in his last five outings and leads the Oilers with eight points and 38 shots on goal.
Schedule Strength: Tulsa’s three opponents this season, the Allen Americans, Denver Cutthroats, and Missouri Mavericks, have a combined record of 19-2-2, a winning percentage of .870.
Brothers Enter Lineup: Defenseman Scott Macaulay and his older brother, forward Blair Macaulay played their first games as Oilers on Sunday afternoon in Allen. The Winnipeg natives started the season with the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL). Scott, 5-8, 170-pounds, spent the last four years at Northern Michigan University while Blair, 5-11, 180-pounds, played four seasons at the University of Manitoba and was named the CIS West Most Valuable Player in both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
Roster Moves: Right wing Ryan Menei has been moved from the 14-day to the 30-day IR. Defenseman Jarred Mohr and forward Alexandre Beauregard have been placed on the 14-day IR.
Shots Fired: Last season, the Oilers ranked ninth in the CHL in shots per game (27.7) and last in the league in shots against per game (35.3). So far this season, Tulsa is pulling the trigger with more frequency and ranks fourth in shots per game (34.5) while also ranking fourth in the CHL in shots against (31.5).
PK Disparity: The Oilers have allowed ten power play goals this season, more than any other team in the CHL. Eight of those ten goals have been given up on home ice. Through four games at the BOK Center, the Tulsa penalty kill is operating at just 63-percent. In four road games, the PK unit is clicking at a 90-percent success rate.
Deserving Honor for Dougie: In a ceremony prior to the start of Saturday’s game against Allen, Oilers legend Doug Lawrence, among four other honorees, was recognized for his induction into the CHL Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Lawrence played 428 games in a Tulsa uniform and also spent brief period of time with the Memphis Riverkings (1992), the Oklahoma City Blazers (1995-96), and the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (1999-00). Lawrence ranks number one all-time in the CHL with 684 career assists and tops the league charts with 2,109 penalty minutes. His 875 career points put him in fourth place on the CHL’s all-time points list and he still holds the CHL single season assist record with 100 helpers during the 1996-97 campaign.
Oilers Win Streak Snapped In 5-2 Loss at Missouri
The Droid Diaries by Verizon – Behind The Mic: The Fashion Forward Oilers
Each week the Droid Diaries will feature a new blog entry by Oilers broadcaster, Rob Loeber.
All photos contained in the blog are from an LG Intuition 4G LTE provided by Verizon Wireless, a proud sponsor of Tulsa Oilers hockey.
BEHIND THE MIC – DECEMBER 27, 2012
THE FASHION FORWARD OILERS
The pinstripe jersey is most often associated with baseball teams like the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, but the pattern never made its way onto a hockey sweater until the Tulsa Oilers brought pinstripes to the ice.
In 1995, the Oilers became the first professional hockey team to wear pinstripes on their jerseys. The vertical lines, combined with the new “Ice Man” logo in bold blue and orange, gave the Oilers a distinctive, eye-catching look.
Oilers President Jeff Lund, then general manager of the team, said the office staff took a vote and the pinstripe jersey was selected as the favorite. In a Tulsa World article from 1995 by Glenn Hibdon, Lund said, “Garry (head coach Garry Unger) was very hesitant about it. Some players like it and some don’t. They like the logo, but they will have to adjust to the pinstripes because it hasn’t been done before. The uniforms were introduced at the league meetings and the general managers were unanimous in liking them. They think they will be number one in league souvenir merchandising.”
The uniform makeover was met with mixed emotions from Oilers faithful fans and opposing teams.
“I remember the first night we wore those things and players from the other team were making fun of our guys for showing up in their pajamas,” remembered Lund with a laugh. “I think it was good while it lasted but I wasn’t too heartbroken to see those jerseys go away.”
The pinstripes went away for a while, but they’ve been resurrected for “Turn Back the Clock Weekend” this Friday and Saturday at the BOK Center. The Oilers will wear retro, pinstripe jerseys, nearly identical to the originals, in each game and the jerseys will be auctioned off following Saturday’s contest. The throwback sweaters were brought to life by Oilers defenseman Tyler Fleck who stayed true to the original design with only a slight change to a darker shade of blue.
Friday evening at 7:35 p.m. the Oilers face off against the Quad City Mallards and Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. the Oilers matchup with the Missouri Mavericks.
Tickets are available for both games by calling 918-632-PUCK, logging onto www.tulsaoilers.com, or calling the BOK Center box office at 1-866-7-BOK-CTR
$2 Tuesday – Oilers Hockey Game Tonight at the BOK Center
Tonight is $2 Tuesday at the BOK Center. It’s $2 beer and soda all game long.
It’s also Papa Johns College Night – college students get a ticket to the game tonight and a voucher for a large Papa Johns pizza for just $12.
The Oilers return home tonight for the fourth meeting of the season with the Fort Worth Brahmas. Tulsa is 2-1-0 against Fort Worth with one victory on home ice and most recently, a 1-0 overtime win at the NYTEX Sports Centre on November 10. In the three previous contests against the Brahmas, Oilers right wing Michel Beausoleil has posted six points (3 goals, 3 assists) while Fort Worth forwards Riley Boychuk and Phil Fox have each recorded three points. Fort Worth has earned points in three of its last four outings and is coming off back-to-back road victories over Rapid City and Denver.
Groupon – Tulsa Oilers Hockey Game for Two or Four at the BOK Center – Up to 54% Off. 11 Games Available
Ryan Christian on NBC Today Show – Child with cancer lives Rock Center dream
Video on TODAY: Marlo Thomas, actress and national outreach director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, tells the story of Ryan Christian, a young artist and ice skater who is battling cancer of the adrenal gland. Ryan is the daughter of former Tulsa Oilers’ player Jeff Christian.
Oilers Fleck Leads Teaching Brigade
There is a group of youngsters that is happy to be in school this summer.
Approximately 30 kids ages 5-14 are taking part in Tyler Fleck’s summer hockey camp. The Tulsa Oilers captain heads up the hockey faculty which includes his teammates Derek Eastman, Marty Standish, Michel Beausoleil and Rob Mattison. They lead the hockey campers in a variety of beginning skating drills for the younger group, and more advanced skills for the older campers.
The camp hits the ice at 8:15 a.m. every day through June 24th. Fleck’s hockey school is open to the public for observation at the Oilers Ice Center located at 64th and Mingo.
Stanley Cup Awarded Tonight
It all comes down to this for the Vancouver Canucks, and Boston Bruins in one final Tulsa Oilers Stanley Cup watch party.
The decisive game of the Stanley Cup takes place tonight (June 15) with the Oilers watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings in Broken Arrow at the Broken Arrow Expressway and Kenosha (71st Street) at 7 o’clock.
The Oilers will be giving away a variety of prizes through door prizes, contests and trivia questions. A clue to one of the trivia answers will be available on the Oilers team facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/tulsaoilers.
Season tickets for the Oilers 20th season in the Central Hockey League are now on sale. More information is available by calling the Oilers office at 918-632-PUCK (7825).