Oilers Make Roster Moves, Bring Back Garman
TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers have signed goaltender Mike Garman and activated forward Troy Ofukany off of the 7-day injured reserve. The Oilers have released goalie Dan Bakala and forward Matt Gingera.
Garman returns to Tulsa after suiting up in nine games for the Oilers during the 2011-12 season. In that short stretch, the 25-year old netminder posted a 2-4-2 record with a 3.43 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. A second year pro out of Cornell University, Garman played the second half of last season for the Frisk Asker Tigers in Norway.
“Even though he wasn’t here very long, Mike really made an impression on me last season,” said Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay. “In my mind, he proved that he can be a very successful goaltender at this level and I think he possesses tremendous potential. He can help our team and we’re excited to have him back.”
Garman, who turned pro after his junior season at Cornell, began his career with the Colorado Eagles (ECHL) before arriving in Tulsa in mid-November of 2011. A native of Vail, Colorado, Garman picked up his first professional win on Thanksgiving Day last year when he stopped 24 shots in a 6-4 Oilers victory over the Laredo Bucks. Garman turned his most impressive performance as an Oiler in a 2-1 loss to Bloomington on December 23 when he turned aside 52 shots and made 27 saves in the first period alone.
Ofukany, in his second season with the Oilers, missed six games with an upper body injury. The 6’0″ 195-pound forward has picked up three points in 11 games.
Bakala, a rookie, appeared in 10 games for the Oilers this season. He went 2-3-2 with a 3.71 goals against average and a .866 save percentage. Gingera, a rookie left-wing, recorded five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 17 games.
The Oilers host the Allen Americans tonight at 7:35 p.m. Tulsa will try to snap it’s five game losing streak by knocking off the first place Americans for the first time this season.