Oilers Weekly News and Notes – Monday, October 22, 2012
First Coach’s Show Tonight: The first Tulsa Oilers Coach’s Show with Head Coach Bruce Ramsay is tonight, Monday, October 22 from 6-7 p.m. at Hu Hot Mongolian Grill at 68th and Memorial. Ramsay will join Oilers broadcaster Rob Loeber to recap the weekend and look ahead to the home opener on Friday. Player guests will be rookies Dan Bakala and Matt Gingera.
Weekend Split In Wichita: The Oilers are 1-1 on the young season after splitting a pair of games with the rival Thunder over the weekend. On Friday night in Wichita, the Oilers were called upon by the CHL to fill-in for Quad City and took full advantage of the opportunity to spoil the Thunder’s home opener. Tulsa built a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Michel Beausoleil, Gary Steffes, and Ben Gordon, who recorded his first goal as an Oiler with a 5-on-3 powerplay tally in the second period. Wichita cut the Tulsa lead to 3-2 in the third, but Ryan Cramer provided an insurance marker for the Oilers which proved to be the game winner in a 4-3 victory. Steffes (goal, assists) and David Alexandre Beauregard (two assists) each finished the night with multiple points while rookie Dan Bakala made 25 saves in his first professional performance. On Saturday night, Matt Register gave the Oilers an early lead but Wichita completely controlled the remainder of the game. The Thunder offense exploded for eight unanswered goals as the home team rolled to an 8-2 win. The eight goals were the most surrendered by the Oilers since suffering an 8-2 setback to Dayton on March 3, 2011. The Thunder and Oilers have eight more meetings remaining in the regular season.
Bakala Gets First Win: Oilers rookie goalie Dan Bakala, fresh off a successful collegiate career at Bemidji State University, had a weekend to remember in Wichita. In Tulsa’s 4-3 triumph on Friday night, Bakala stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced to earn his first victory as a professional hockey goaltender. The Calgary, Alberta native made several key stops in the final minutes of the third period to keep the Oilers in front and preserve the win.
“I’m sure he was a little nervous with it being his first game, but I thought he played well,” said Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay. “He came out and did a great job and those saves at the end of the game were outstanding.”
Second Line Shines In Debut: Tulsa’s second line of Gary Steffes (C), Michel Beausoleil (RW) and David Alexandre Beauregard (LW) combined for two goals and five of the Oilers 11 points in Friday’s 4-3 win. All three forwards finished the night with a +2 rating. Steffes, now in his third season in Tulsa, is looking to follow up on the 2011-12 campaign when he showed his consistency by playing in every single game and posting 52 points. Beausoleil is looking to reach the 20-goal mark for a fourth consecutive season while Beauregard, the oldest player on the roster at age 36, is hoping to bring to the Oilers the same kind of production he brought to the Nottingham Panthers over the last two seasons. In two years with the English club, Beauregard put up 125 points in 107 games.
Three-In-Three Coming Up: The Oilers are back to practice this week in preparation for the first of seven weekends this season in which they’ll play three games in three days. Tulsa plays its home opener this Friday, October 26 against Quad City at 7:35 p.m. before making the 634 mile trek to Quad City for a Saturday night tilt with the Mallards. The Oilers will be back in the BOK Center on Sunday afternoon for a 4:05 p.m. start against the Fort Worth Brahmas. Sunday is a Family Funday and after the game, all Oilers fans are encouraged to join the Oilers on the ice for a post-game skate.
Oilers Three-In-Three Record in 2011-12 Season:
Friday games: 4-4-0
Saturday games: 3-4-1
Sunday games: 4-2-2
Roster Moves: Defenseman Brock Meadows was placed on 7-day IR to begin the season. Meadows was injured after being hit from behind in Tulsa’s preseason game against Denver.
Forwards Jeremiah Ketts and Cody Esposito have been waived.
Party People: The next Tulsa Oilers Watch Party at Gusano’s Pizzeria (9999 S. Mingo Rd.) is set for Saturday, October 27 at 7:05 p.m. as the Oilers face off with the Quad City Mallards. Join host Mary Moore and your fellow Oilers fans for a fantastic night of hockey while enjoying the very best deep dish pizza in the city. One lucky fan will win a prize every time the Oilers score and you can test your knowledge with Oilers trivia questions during every intermission.