Game Tonight – Tulsa Oilers vs Missouri Mavericks – 7:35PM at the BOK Center
Tonight’s Matchup: The Oilers and Mavericks clash for the seventh time this season and for the fourth time at the BOK Center. Tulsa is 2-4-0 against Missouri and 1-2-0 on home ice. Six days ago in Missouri, the Oilers offense was stifled by the Mavs in a 5-0 loss. Missouri goaltender Mathieu Corbeil stopped 24 shots as the Oilers were shutout for the fourth time this season. Tulsa allowed a season-high 46 shots on goal and John-Scott Dickson led the way for the Mavs with two goals and an assist. In six previous meetings with the Mavericks, Oilers forward Ben Gordon has posted nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) while Sebastien Thinel, the CHL’s leading scorer, has paced Missouri with 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists)
What’s At Stake: With 23 games remaining in the regular season, the Oilers are 13 points back of Arizona for the eighth and final CHL playoff spot. The Sundogs visit the first-place Allen Americans tonight.
Sharpshooters: Tuesday night at the BOK Center, the Oilers held off the Denver Cutthroats for a 4-3 shootout victory. Ryan Menei opened the scoring for Tulsa and Drew Fisher added a pair of goals in the first period to give the Oilers a 3-1 advantage. Denver tied the game at 3-3 with six minutes remaining in the third and the Oilers found themselves in a shootout for just the second time this season. Menei and Michel Beausoleil both found the back of the net and Shane Madolora stopped four of the five Denver shooters to earn the two points for Tulsa.
Start of a Streak?: A win over the Mavericks tonight would give the Oilers back-to-back victories for the first time since November 10 and 11. Following a win this season, Tulsa has stumbled to a 2-10-0 record and has failed in its last six attempts to win two in a row. The Oilers are also looking for their first three-game home winning streak of the season.
Fisher Continues To Shine: Rookie forward Drew Fisher was named the CHL’s Second Star of the Month for January. Fisher finished a stellar month of January by chipping in two goals and an assist in the Oilers 4-3 shootout victory over the Denver Cutthroats on Tuesday night at the BOK Center. The 25-year old left-wing earned three first star of the game honors in January and ended the month with a total of eight goals and four assists. Over the last ten games, Fisher leads the Oilers with seven goals and a stellar .280 shooting percentage. Fisher, who has appeared in every single Oilers game this season, notched his first professional hat-trick on January 20 against Wichita. With 23 points on the season, the International Falls, Minnesota native ranks eighth in the league in rookie scoring.
Three Is The Key: The Oilers have allowed three goals or more in 24 of their 27 regulation losses this season. When surrendering two goals or less to the opposition, Tulsa’s record is 7-2-0.
Keeping The Goalies Busy: The Oilers have been outshot in seven straight games and nine of their last ten. In two of those contests, January 19 against Wichita and January 26 against Missouri, Tulsa allowed a season-high 46 shots on net. For the season, Tulsa is firing an average of 28.2 shots per game on goal while giving up 33.4 shots per game. Oddly, the Oilers only have two victories this season when outshooting the opposition.