Oilers Weekly News and Notes – February 11, 2013
Week In Review: In four games last week, the Oilers posted a 2-2-0 record. For the season, Tulsa is 17-29-3 with 37 points and in tenth place in the CHL standings.
Tuesday night at the BOK Center, a 5-2 victory over Rapid City extended the Oilers season-long win streak to four games. After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, Tulsa scored five unanswered goals including four tallies from Ryan Menei. The right-wing recorded back-to-back hat-tricks and became the first Oiler in ten years to score four goals in a single game. Shane Madolora made 28 saves as the Oilers won their fifth straight on home ice and improved to 2-0-0 against the Rush.
The Oilers paid a visit to Wichita on Friday night and outlasted the Thunder for a 2-1 shootout win. With a goal in regulation from Patrick Schafer and the shootout game-winner from Ben Gordon, Tulsa had its first five-game win streak since March of 2011. Shane Madolora was outstanding yet again, making 41 saves and shutting down three of the four Wichita shootout attempts. It was the third shootout victory in the last five games for the Oilers.
The win streak came to an end in Missouri on Saturday with a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Mavericks. Kenton Miller and Kellan Tochkin each scored twice for the Mavs who got 32 saves from Mike Clemente to shutdown the Tulsa attack. Dan Clarke, making just his second start of the season in the Oilers goal, made 34 saves on 39 shots. Jason Weeks and Sean Erickson provided the offense for the Oilers as they dropped to 3-5-0 this season against Missouri.
The Oilers returned home on Sunday afternoon and were dealt a 5-1 loss by the Allen Americans. Jamie Schaafsma’s hat-trick paced the visitors who jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Ben Gordon put the Oilers on the board in the third period. Allen went 2-4 on the powerplay and Steve Silverthorn stopped 27 of the Oilers 28 shots to give the Americans just their second win in the last ten games. Tulsa fell to 1-6-0 against Allen and has been outscored 34-17 in the season series.
Upcoming Games: The Oilers will try to get back on track with three home games this week against Allen, Arizona, and Fort Worth.
Tuesday, February 12 at 7:05p.m. – vs. Allen Americans
- Eighth meeting of the season, Allen leads the series 6-1 and beat the Oilers 5-1 on Sunday night.
- $2 beer and soda all night at the BOK Center
- Papa John’s College Night – college kids with a valid student ID get a ticket to the game and a coupon for a pizza for just $12
Friday, February 15 at 7:05p.m. – vs. Arizona Sundogs
- Third meeting of the season, Oilers are 2-0 against the Sundogs with both wins on home ice
- “Goon Night” presented by Z.104.5 The Edge
- Junior Oilers double header starting at 3:30pm
Saturday, February 16 at 7:05p.m. – vs. Fort Worth Brahmas
- Tenth and final meeting of the season, Oilers are 2-6-1 against the Brahmas this season
- Door giveaway from Verizon Wireless
- Junior Oilers double header starting at 3:30pm
- Season Ticket Holder party
Playoff Pursuit: With 17 games remaining in the regular season, the Oilers are 11 points back of the eighth and final CHL playoff spot. Tulsa, the only team in the league with a sub-.500 record, has eight games left at the BOK Center.
Offensive Output: Coming off a stretch in which they scored 20 goals in four games, the Oilers offense has a hit a snag with just five goals in the last three contests. When scoring two goals or less this season, Tulsa has a record of 3-18-0.
Fresh Start in February: The Oilers are 4-2-0 through the first six games of February. Tulsa hasn’t had a winning month since going 3-2-1 in October.
Shootout Savvy: Tulsa is 3-1 in shootouts this season and boasts the best shootout percentage in the CHL. In 20 shootout attempts the Oilers have scored 11 times. Ryan Menei and Michel Beausoleil have been remarkably consistent, each finding the net three times in four attempts.
Climbing The Charts: Oilers forwards Ben Gordon and Ryan Menei continue to challenge for the CHL scoring lead. Gordon is in second place with 65 points, while Menei ranks fourth in the league with 61 points. In the last 10 games, Gordon and Menei have accounted for 17 of the Oilers 33 goals and 38 of the team’s 86 points. The line mates are tied for the team lead with 26 goals and have each notched four game-winning goals this season.
Madolora’s Mojo: In his first seven games as the Oilers netminder, Shane Madolora went 1-5-1 but over his last 13 starts, the California native has gone 8-5-0. In his last six outings, Madolora has faced at least 30 shots five times and his save percentage in those contests is a combined .913. A rookie out of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Madolora has started 20 of the last 22 games.
Taking Advantage of the Advantage: Tulsa has scored a powerplay goal in five of its last seven outings and has cashed in on 10 of its last 35 powerplay opportunities. Since the end of January, the Oilers powerplay, operating at 16.4 percent, has climbed from eighth all the way to fourth in the CHL rankings. Ben Gordon and Sean Erickson are tied for the team lead with 18 powerplay points.
Milestones: Michel Beausoleil played his 250th game in an Oilers uniform on Saturday at Missouri and in five seasons in Tulsa, the veteran winger has recorded 208 points (85 goals, 123 assists)… With an assist against Missouri on Saturday, Ryan Menei recorded his 350th career point… Ben Gordon is two games shy of 300 for his career…Tyler Fleck is three points short of 200 for his career…