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Tulsa’s Stuart Nichols Named CHL Athletic Trainer of the Year

Stuart Nichols, seen here attending to Gary Steffes during the 2012-13 season, was selected by his peers as the 2013-14 CHL Athletic Trainer of the Year. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Stuart Nichols, seen here attending to Gary Steffes during the 2012-13 season, was selected by his peers as the 2013-14 CHL Athletic Trainer of the Year. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

GLENDALE, AZ – The Central Hockey League announced today that Tulsa Oilers’ Athletic Trainer Stuart Nichols has been named the 2013-14 CHL Athletic Trainer of the Year.  The award was determined based on voting from Athletic Trainers across the league.

Named CHL Trainer of the Year in 2009-10, Nichols in is his 13th season as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Tulsa Oilers.  Nichols, who started training the Oilers in 1998, works closely with the players to keep their bodies in peak physical condition and helps them recover quickly from injuries.   He gets the very best out of the Oilers players by honing their skating and breathing techniques and ensuring that they are equipped to handle the grind of a 66-game season.

“Stu is a huge part of our success on the ice and there is nobody I trust more when it comes to dealing with injuries and getting players back in our lineup as soon as possible,” said Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay.  ”He has the complete trust of our players and his knowledge of sports medicine is unsurpassed.”

Nichols worked the 2003 CHL All-Star Game in Oklahoma City and also assisted the Los Angeles Kings during one of their training camps.  In addition to helping the Oilers, Nichols spent three seasons as the Head Athletic Trainer for the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock and five years as the Head Trainer of the Tulsa Talons arena football team.

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Oilers Blanked By Beast

Brampton forward Josh McQuade takes a spill in front of Tulsa goalie Shane Madolora during the first period of the Oilers 4-0 loss to  the Beast on Friday night at the Powerade Centre. (photo courtesy of Beast Media)

Brampton forward Josh McQuade takes a spill in front of Tulsa goalie Shane Madolora during the first period of the Oilers 4-0 loss to the Beast on Friday night at the Powerade Centre. (photo courtesy of Beast Media)

BRAMPTON, ON – The Tulsa Oilers had scored three or more goals in nine consecutive games but could not get a single shot past Brampton goalie Grant Rollheiser in a 4-0 setback at the Powerade Centre on Friday night.  Rollheiser turned aside 31 shots and handed the Oilers their first shutout loss of the season.

The two clubs battled to a scoreless draw over the first 35 minutes of action and the stalemate was finally broken by Beast forward Jason Pitton.  After scooping up a loose puck at neutral ice, Pitton raced in all alone toward Tulsa goalie Shane Madolora and was able to slide the puck between his pads for his ninth goal of the season.  With two and a half minutes remaining in the middle frame, Beast rookie Michael MacIssac took down Oilers veteran Todd Robinson and Tulsa center Kyle Bochek responded to the hit on his very next shift.  Bochek wanted to fight MacIssac but the Beast forward was not a willing combatant and only Bochek was assessed penalties.  Referee Alexandre Garon called Bochek for a total of 27 penalty minutes including a 10-minute misconduct for instigating and a game misconduct for being the aggressor in the fight.

As a result of the infractions, the Oilers were forced to kill off seven minutes of Beast power play time.  Even with a successful kill, the Oilers were unable to mount any kind of offensive attack and Josh McQuade provided Brampton with a much-needed insurance tally at the 7:56 mark of the third.  Andrew Fournier chipped in his second goal in as many nights at 13:29 and Cal Wild capped off the Beast victory with an empty net goal at 17:25.

The Oilers four-game win streak came to an end while Brampton was able to stop its two-game skid.  Tulsa’s bid to win five games in a row for the first time since November of 2009 was thwarted and the Oilers dropped to 2-1-0 this season agains the Beast.

The series rubber match will take place at 2pm (EST) on Sunday afternoon.

Final Box

Sharon Baldwin: Oilers are lifelong passion for hockey fan

 

imageRichard Baldwin being wished a Happy 85th Birthday at Sunday’s game.  (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

By SHARON BALDWIN  - Tulsa World Staff Writer

Many people, asked to conjure an image of a sports fan, might think of a bare-chested man, his body painted in the colors of his beloved football team, braving ….. Read the rest of the article

Tulsa Caps Off Weekend Series With 4-2 Win Over Allen

The Oilers celebrate Ben Gordon's second period goal during their 4-2 victory over the Allen Americans on Sunday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www. photopyle.com)

The Oilers celebrate Ben Gordon’s second period goal during their 4-2 victory over the Allen Americans on Sunday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www. photopyle.com)

TULSA, OK – Tulsa goalie Ross MacKinnon made 28 stops and earned his first win of the season as the Oilers held off a late surge from the Americans to post a 4-2 victory at the BOK Center on Sunday evening.  The Oilers won two of three games in the weekend series against Allen and improved to 9-7-2 for the season.
 
After a scoreless first period in which the teams combined for only 14 shots, Tulsa forward Ben Gordon broke the stalemate late in the second period.  Off of a long pass from MacKinnon, Gordon cruised down the right wing and fired toward Allen goalie Bryan Pitton from close range.  His first offering was stopped but Gordon swatted home his own rebound to give Tulsa a 1-0 lead with 3:03 remaining in the middle frame.
 
At 2:52 of the third, Pitton turned the puck over deep in Americans’ territory and Brandon Coccimiglio hit the open cage before Pitton could recover to push the Oilers lead to two goals.  Less than two minutes later, Todd Robinson, fresh off a seven-point night in Allen on Saturday, set up the Oilers third goal of the contest.  Michel Beausoleil one-timed Robinson’s feed past Pitton for his seventh goal in the last six games and twelfth of the season.  Beausoleil, who had 20 goals all of last season, has the longest goal streak in the CHL at six games.  The Americans response came swiftly as John Snowden jammed a loose puck past MacKinnon only 17 seconds after Beasoleil’s tally.  Allen pulled within one on Daniel Tetrault’s power play goal at 15:47 but the visitors were unable to manufacture any other offense.  MacKinnon’s key stops down the stretch and Ryan Cramer’s empty net goal sealed the win for the Oilers.
 
Tulsa forward Alexandre Beauregard participated in fights in all three periods and was assessed a game-misconduct for incurring three major penalties in a single game.  Drew Fisher and Ben Gordon also dropped the gloves for the feisty Oilers who finished the night with 44 penalty minutes.
 
The Oilers have won nine of their last 11 games and improved to 5-5-0 on home ice this season.
 
Next week, the Oilers start a three-game road swing in St. Charles on Wednesday night.  
 

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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

Upcoming Games

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.

Ben Gordon fires a shot past Missouri defenseman Anders Franzon on Friday, November 1 at the BOK Center.  Gordon leads the Oilers with 8 points in 8 games (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Ben Gordon fires a shot past Missouri defenseman Anders Franzon on Friday, November 1 at the BOK Center. Gordon leads the Oilers with 8 points in 8 games (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

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.

Doug Lawrence, Tulsa's all-time leading scorer, is awarded his CHL Hall of Fame jersey at center ice of the BOK Center on Saturday, November 2 (photo by: Brett Rojo)

Doug Lawrence, Tulsa’s all-time leading scorer, is awarded his CHL Hall of Fame jersey at center ice of the BOK Center on Saturday, November 2 (photo by: Brett Rojo)

Oilers Win Streak Snapped In 5-2 Loss at Missouri

INDEPENDENCE, MO – All good things must come to an end and the Tulsa Oilers five-game win streak was ended by the Missouri Mavericks on Friday night at the Independence Events Center.  The Mavs built a 3-0 lead and held off the Oilers for a 5-2 win on home ice.  The loss is Tulsa’s first since a 5-0 setback at Missouri on January 26.
 
Colt King’s goal at 4:17 of the first period gave the Mavericks and early advantage and they never looked back.
 
In the second period, tallies from Kellan Tochkin and Kenton Miller pushed the Mavs lead to three goals.
 
The Oilers were finally able to solve Mavericks goalie Mike Clemente when Jason Weeks tipped the puck home at 3:38 of the third.  The goal, Weeks’ first of the season, gave the Oilers life but the optimism was short-lived.  Tochkin re-directed a Sebastien Thinel shot off the glove of Oilers goalie Dan Clarke and into the net to end the Oilers brief momentum and push the lead back to three goals.  Sean Erickson blasted home a power play one-timer to cut the Mavs lead to 4-2 with 13 minutes to play, but Thinel answered just two minutes later to put the game away.
 
Clarke, making just his second start as an Oiler, made 34 saves on 39 shots.  The rookie got the nod over Shane Madolora who had started 19 of the previous 20 contests.
 
The Oilers fell to 17-28-3 for the season and are now 3-5-0 against Missouri with one regular season meeting remaining.  The defeat was the Oilers first in the month of February.
 
Tulsa returns to home ice on Sunday afternoon for a 4:05 p.m. face off against the Allen Americans.

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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.”

Kathy Lund models the original Oilers pinstripe jersey in a 1995 photo from the Tulsa World (photo taken with: LG Intuition 4G LTE provided by Verizon Wireless)

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.

Front and back view of the throwback jerseys the Oilers will wear on Dec. 28th and 29th, designed by Oilers defenseman, Tyler Fleck (photo taken with: LG Intuition 4G LTE provided by Verizon Wireless)

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

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$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.

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Ryan Christian on NBC Today Show – Child with cancer lives Rock Center dream

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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.