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Oilers Season Ends in Game 6 Overtime Heartbreaker

The Denver Cutthroats celebrate Garett Bembridge's series-clinching overtime goal in Game 6 against the Oilers at the BOK Center on Tuesday night. (photo by: Kevin Pyle)

The Denver Cutthroats celebrate Garett Bembridge’s series-clinching overtime goal in Game 6 against the Oilers at the BOK Center on Tuesday night. (photo by: Kevin Pyle)

TULSA, OK – A red piece of hollow steel is all that separated the Tulsa Oilers from continuing their season. Moments after Oilers forward Ben Gordon cranked a slap shot off the crossbar, the Denver Cutthroats got the overtime game-winning goal from Garett Bembridge and ended the Oilers season with a 5-4 victory in Game 6. With the series-clinching win, the Cutthroats advance to the second round while the Oilers are left to dwell on just how close they were to forcing a decisive Game 7.

Denver defenseman Steve Kaunisto opened the scoring near the end of a tightly contested first period when he snapped the puck past Shane Madolora the 18:50 mark. Kaunisto’s first tally of the series gave the Cutthroats the first goal for the fifth time in six games against the Oilers.

Less than two minutes into the second, Cam Reid buried a wrist-shot off a three-on-one rush and pushed the Denver lead to 2-0. The Cutthroats advantage swelled to three goals at 5:44 after Troy Schwab’s half-slapper from just inside the Tulsa blue line somehow made its way through Madolora. Schwab ended the series with a team-high five goals and found the back of the net in five of the six contests. Gordon woke up the Oilers offense by tapping in a rebound at 12:44, Tulsa’s first goal since the second period of Game 4. The Oilers power play, mired in a 1-for-21 slump in the first five games, helped the home side get back within striking distance. At 13:55, Todd Robinson’s shot zipped past a screened John Griggs to give the veteran forward his first goal of the postseason and cut the Denver lead to 3-2.

A.J. Gale restored the Cutthroats’ two-goal cushion at 3:50 of the third period thanks to a blast from the left wing boards that snuck inside the far post. Showing the same character and resiliency they showed all season long, the Oilers simply refused to go away. Rookie forward Adam Pleskach cashed in on a Cutthroats turnover at 6:44 and the comeback was completed by first-year blue-liner Scott Macaulay at 9:22 of the final frame. Pleskach set up Macaulay from behind the net as the two Manitoba natives collaborated for the game-tying goal and brought the BOK Center crowd to its feet. In the final ten minutes of regulation, Madolora and Griggs traded highlight reel stops and after 60 minutes had ticked off the clock, nothing was decided.

Despite out-chancing the Fish in overtime, the Oilers could not solve Griggs or the iron. A hard push by the Oilers turned into an odd-man rush for the Cutthroats and the CHL MVP made the most of his opportunity to put the game away. Bembridge received a pass from Lee Moffie and slid a shot underneath Madolora that squeaked into the cage at 14:15 of the first extra session. The Cutthroats, victorious in overtime for the second time in the series, mobbed Bembridge while Madolora laid face-down in his crease in a state of disbelief and disappointment.

Tulsa outshot Denver 33-32 in Game 6 and fired more shots than the Cutthroats in five of the six games. The two clubs finished tied 18-18 in total goals scored and three of the Oilers four losses in the series were by just a single goal. Gordon led the Oilers with four playoff goals while his line-mate, Ryan Menei, ended the night with three assists and finished as the team’s point-leader with two goals and six assists in six games. The Oilers ended the series 2-for-23 on the power play and still haven’t prevailed in a best-of-seven playoff series since defeating the Oklahoma City Blazers in 1994.

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Tulsa Oilers Playoff News and Notes – April 14, 2014

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Last Week’s Games:
Playoff Game 3 – Wed. Apr. 9 at Denver Cutthroats (3-2 OTL)
Playoff Game 4 – Fri. Apr. 11 at Denver Cutthroats (6-2 W)
Playoff Game 5 – Sat. Apr. 12 at Denver Cutthroats (1-0 L)

Upcoming Games:
Playoff Game 6 – Tue. Apr. 15 vs. Denver Cutthroats – 7:05 p.m.
Playoff Game 7 – Thurs. Apr. 17 at Denver Cutthroats – 8:00 p.m. (if necessary)

Oilers goalie Shane Madolora pokes the puck away from Cutthroats forward Vincent Arseneau during Game 5 at the Denver Coliseum. (photo by Jeremiah Griffith)

Oilers goalie Shane Madolora pokes the puck away from Cutthroats forward Vincent Arseneau during Game 5 at the Denver Coliseum. (photo by Jeremiah Griffith)

Week In Review: The Oilers began a set of three games in Denver last Wednesday with Game 3 of their first round series against the Cutthroats. The two sides combined for three goals in the final four and a half minutes of regulation and headed into overtime tied at 2-2. Tulsa outshot Denver 9-3 in the extra session but it was Cutthroats’ forward J.P. Chabot who tipped in the game-winning goal at 12:18 to give the Fish a 3-2 win and a 2-1 series lead. In Game 4 on Friday, the Oilers scored four goals on their first 14 shots and chased Denver goalie Kent Patterson from the net after the first period. Matthew Larke recorded a goal and three assists to the lead the Oilers offensive onslaught and Shane Madolora made 35 stops as the Oilers cruised to a 6-2 victory. Patterson bounced back in Saturday’s Game 5 by making 52 saves and shutting out the Oilers in a 1-0 Cutthroats triumph. A.J. Gale scored the lone goal of the contest on a first period Denver power play.

Watch Party: If the Oilers force a Game 7, you can catch every minute of the action at the Oilers official watch party at Fox and Hound (71st and Garnett) at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. Bring your family and friends and join your fellow Oilers fans at the only place in town to watch CHL playoff hockey! Get loud and show your Oilers pride as Tulsa battles Denver for a spot in the second round!

On The Brink: The Cutthroats hold a 3-2 series lead over the Oilers with Game 6 slated for Tuesday night at the BOK Center. If Tulsa can earn a victory on Tuesday, the series will shift back to Denver for decisive Game 7 on Thursday at the Denver Coliseum. All-time, the Oilers are 12-9 in playoff elimination games and have a 3-1 record in Game 6.

Blanked: The 1-0 setback in Game 5 was the Oilers first playoff shutout loss since April 12, 2000 when they suffered a 7-0 setback to the Indianapolis Ice in deciding Game 5 of their first round series. Tulsa fired a season-high 52 shots at Denver goalie Kent Patterson including 21 shots in the third period. Ben Gordon recorded a CHL playoff-high 11 shots in a losing effort.

Denver goalie Kent Patterson makes one of his 52 saves during the 3rd period of Game 5 on Saturday at the Denver Coliseum. (photo by Hector Acevedo)

Denver goalie Kent Patterson makes one of his 52 saves during the 3rd period of Game 5 on Saturday at the Denver Coliseum. (photo by Hector Acevedo)

First Strike: The team scoring the first goal has won four of the five games in the series. Tulsa was able to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the first period of Game 1 and only drew first blood in Game 4. During the regular season, the Oilers were 21-11-1 when striking first.

Frequent Fire: Through five games of the series, the Oilers are averaging 37 shots, third most among all CHL playoff teams. Tulsa has fired 30 shots or more in four of the five games and forward Ben Gordon leads the league with 31 postseason shots. The Oilers have outshot the Cutthroats in four of the five contests going 1-3 in those outings.

Low Power: The Oilers are just 1-for-21 on the power play in the series against Denver, the lowest success rate of any team in the postseason. Denver is 3-for-20 on its power play opportunities and has scored on the man-advantage in just two of the five previous games.

D-Man Debuts: Amateur defenseman Mackenzie Johnston made his professional debut on Saturday night and registered two shots on goal in the Oilers 1-0 loss. A 6-foot-2, 201-pound blue-liner out of Swift Current Saskatchewan, Johnston dressed as the seventh Tulsa defenseman in Game 5.

Spreading The Wealth: Through five games of the series against Denver, nine of the 11 forwards on the Oilers playoff roster have registered at least one goal. Fifteen of the Oilers 17 skaters have notched at least one point with Ben Gordon, Ryan Menei, and Adam Pleskach tied for the team lead with five points apiece.

Playing From Behind: In five games, a total of 312 minutes, the Oilers have held the lead for just over 60 minutes. Tulsa has only trailed by two goals on two occasions (first period of Game 1, third period of Game 2) and has only fallen behind after the first period in Game 5.

Oilers defenseman Craig Cescon pushes Cutthroats center Troy Schwab into the boards during Game 5 in Denver on Saturday night. Schwab has a point in every game in the series. (photo by: Jeremiah Griffith)

Oilers defenseman Craig Cescon pushes Cutthroats center Troy Schwab into the boards during Game 5 in Denver on Saturday night. Schwab has a point in every game in the series. (photo by: Jeremiah Griffith)

Thin Margins: The Oilers have a 14-13 edge in goals over the Cutthroats and are the only team in the playoffs to trail their first round series while leading in goal differential.

Goals Galore: With six pucks finding their way into the net in Game 4, the Oilers recorded their highest goal total in a playoff game since April 1, 2005 in a 7-3 win over the Colorado Eagles in a first round series.

Oil Drops: Michel Beausoleil played in the first four games of the series but sat out in Game 5 as the Oilers dressed nine forwards and seven defensemen in his absence…Shane Madolora boasts a 2.52 goals against average, fourth-best among all CHL playoff netminders…Tulsa is 3-4 all-time in best-of-seven playoff series and has not won a best-of-seven series since defeating the Oklahoma City Blazers in the 1994 CHL semi-finals.

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Patterson Makes 52 Saves as Cutthroats Blank Oilers in Game 5

Denver goalie Kent Patterson denies Tulsa forward Ben Gordon during the 2nd period of the Cutthroats 1-0 win in Game 5. (photo by: Hector Acevedo)

Denver goalie Kent Patterson denies Tulsa forward Ben Gordon during the 2nd period of the Cutthroats 1-0 win in Game 5. (photo by: Hector Acevedo)

DENVER, CO – Every opening the Tulsa Oilers had on Saturday night was slammed shut by Denver Cutthroats goaltender Kent Patterson. Despite firing a season-high 52 shots on net, including 21 in the third period, the Oilers were unable to solve Patterson and suffered a 1-0 loss in Game 5 of their first round playoff series. Denver holds a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 scheduled for Tuesday evening in Tulsa.

The lone goal of the contest came from A.J. Gale just 2:45 into the first period. With Tulsa defenseman Eric Tallent in the penalty box for roughing, Denver center Troy Schwab set up Gale for a one-timer from the near circle. The 27-year old winger sizzled a slap shot past Shane Madolora for his first goal of the postseason. Patterson made 19 saves in the first period and the Oilers trailed after the opening frame for the first time in the series.

The two sides traded power plays in the second period, but the Cutthroats 1-0 lead remained at the beginning of the final frame. The Oilers controlled the puck for the vast majority of the third period and kept the Cutthroats pinned down in their own zone, but the pressure never paid off. Time after time, Patterson proved to be an impenetrable last line of defense as he turned aside 21 third period shots to preserve the victory.

Just 24 hours after exploding for six goals and chasing Patterson from the net after the first period in Game 4, the Oilers were shutout on Saturday night for the first time in the series. Tulsa went 0-for-4 on the power play and is now 1-for-21 in the series with the man-advantage. Madolora made 31 stops as the hard-luck loser and Oilers forward Ben Gordon led all skaters with 11 shots on goal.

The Oilers will try to extend series in Game 6 which begins at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 at the BOK Center. Tulsa is 1-1 on home ice in the series.

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Oilers and Cutthroats Battle in Game 5 Tonight

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The Tulsa Oilers first round playoff series against the Denver Cutthroats presented by Call Okie 811 resumes tonight with Game 5 at the Denver Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. Central Time.  The series is tied at 2-2.

Opening Round – (best-of-7) 
Tulsa Oilers vs. Denver Cutthroats (DEN leads series 2-1)
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 4 – Denver 3 at Tulsa 4
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 5 – Denver 4 at Tulsa 2
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 9 – Tulsa 2 at Denver 3 (OT)
Game 4 – Fri., Apr.11 – Tulsa 6 at Denver 2
Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 12 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., Apr. 15 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:05
*Game 7 – Thu., Apr. 17 – Tulsa at Denver, 8:00

*If necessary

All Oilers fans are invited to the Game 5 watch party tonight at Fox and Hound (71st and Garnett).  Fox and Hound is the official site of every Oilers watch party during the 2014 playoffs and the only place in town to catch every second of Oilers postseason action.

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To listen to tonight’s game, click the link below
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tulsaoilers

To follow scoring and stat updates, click the link below
http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/scoreboard.html?leagueid=12

Game 5 Notes:

Bouncing Back: Friday night in Denver, the Oilers controlled Game 4 from start to finish and rolled to a 6-2 victory over the Cutthroats to even the first round series at 2-2.  Tulsa recorded six goals from six different players and nine of the Oilers ten forwards registered at least one point.  Matthew Larke led the Oilers offensive onslaught with a goal and three assists while goaltender Shane Madolora turned aside 35 shots to hold off the Cutthroats’ attack.  The Oilers had scored three first period goals in the first three games combined but erupted for four goals in the first period of Game 4.  The win extends the series to at least six games and guarantees the Oilers another home game at the BOK Center.

Goals Galore: With six pucks finding their way into the net in Game 4, the Oilers recorded their highest goal total in a playoff game since April 1, 2005 in a 7-3 win over the Colorado Eagles in a first round series.

Striking First: In Game 4, for the first time in the series, the Oilers scored the first goal of the game.  Tulsa also held first and second intermission leads for the first time in the four games and led for 56 of the 60 minutes after being out front for a total of 4:58 through the first three contests.

Larke Comes Alive: Tulsa winger Matthew Larke (1 goal, 3 assists) became the first Oiler to record four points in a playoff game since Chad Costello chipped in two goals and two assists in a 5-2 victory over the Mississippi Riverkings on April 1, 2011.

Matthew Larke celebrates his goal during the 2nd period of Friday's 6-2 victory over the Cutthroats in Game 4. (photo by: Hector Acevedo)

Matthew Larke celebrates his goal during the 2nd period of Friday’s 6-2 victory over the Cutthroats in Game 4. (photo by: Hector Acevedo)

First Timers: Five of the six Oilers goal-scorers in Game 4 – Ryan Cramer, Drew Fisher, Kyle Bochek, Matthew Larke, and Michel Beausoleil – tallied their first goals of the series.  Cramer and Fisher, who scored 20 seconds apart in the first period, earned their first career postseason goals.

Slump Busted: After going 0-for-13 on the power play in the first three games of the series, the Oilers broke through with a power play goal in Game 4.  Nathan Lutz’ blast from the blue line was tipped into the net by Adam Pleskach at 18:09 of the first period and the Oilers became the last team in the CHL playoffs to record a goal with the man-advantage.

Spreading The Wealth: Through four games of the series against Denver, nine of the 11 forwards on the Oilers playoff roster have registered at least one goal.  Fifteen of the Oilers 17 skaters have notched at least one point with Ben Gordon, Ryan Menei, and Adam Pleskach tied for the team lead with five points apiece.

PK Success: The Oilers successfully eliminated all seven Cutthroats’ power plays in Game 4.  Tulsa’s penalty kill has shutout the Denver power play in three of the four games in the series.

Oil Drops: Shane Madolora’s 35-save performance in Game 4 dropped his playoff goals against average from 3.14 to 2.85…Michel Beausoleil has seven goals in 14 playoff games as an Oiler…Tulsa is 3-4 all-time in best-of-seven playoff series and has not won a best-of-seven series since defeating the Oklahoma City Blazers in the 1994 CHL semi-finals.

Tulsa defenseman Scott Macaulay tussles with Denver forward Daniel Barczuk at the end of the second period of Game 4. (photo by: Hector Acevedo)

Tulsa defenseman Scott Macaulay tussles with Denver forward Daniel Barczuk at the end of the second period of Game 4. (photo by: Hector Acevedo)

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Oilers Dominate Cutthroats in Game 4 and Level Series With 6-2 Victory

Kyle Bochek (middle) celebrates his goal with Matthew Larke (74) and Ryan Cramer (27) during the first period of the Oilers Game 4 victory on Friday night at the Denver Coliseum. (photo by: Hector Acevedo)

Kyle Bochek (middle) celebrates his goal with Matthew Larke (74) and Ryan Cramer (27) during the first period of the Oilers Game 4 victory on Friday night at the Denver Coliseum. (photo by: Hector Acevedo)

DENVER, CO – Only 48 hours removed from their most gut-wrenching loss of the season, the Tulsa Oilers demonstrated a new level of resiliency on Friday night at the Denver Coliseum by bouncing back for a one-sided 6-2 victory in Game 4 to even their first round series against the Denver Cutthroats at 2-2. Tulsa’s six goals came from six different players and the Oilers led the contest wire-to-wire. Matthew Larke recorded a goal, two assists, and a +4 rating to pace the Oilers offense while goalie Shane Madolora turned aside 36 shots to thwart any possibility of a Denver comeback.

Four minutes into the first period, the offensive onslaught was started by Tulsa winger Ryan Cramer. After the Oilers won a puck battle along the boards, the puck came free to Cramer who ripped a wrist shot short-side on Kent Patterson to give his side a 1-0 edge. Cramer notched his first career playoff goal and the Oilers drew first blood for the first time in the series. Only 20 seconds elapsed and Drew Fisher pushed the Oilers lead to 2-0. More grit and hustle along the corner boards by Blair Macaulay and Adam Pleskach freed the puck for Fisher who tallied his first goal of the postseason by whipping a shot through traffic in front of Patterson. Larke’s first point of the night was earned on a 2-on-1 pass that set up Kyle Bochek’s first goal of the series at 8:27 and swelled the Tulsa advantage to 3-0. Mired in an 0-for-13 slump on the power play, the Oilers were finally able to break the curse late in the opening frame. Nathan Lutz’ blast from the blue somehow squeezed through a screen and ended up behind Patterson to give Tulsa its fourth goal of the period. The Oilers became the last team in the CHL playoffs to score a power play goal.

Up 4-0 in the second, Larke’s second set-up of the night was prettier than the first. At 8:14, Larke sped behind the Cutthroats’ net and drew the attention of the defense as well as netminder John Griggs, who took over for Patterson at the start of the period. Larke’s pass connected with a wide open Michel Beausoleil who buried a snap shot from close range for his first point of the postseason and 15th career playoff goal. Tired of assisting, Larke’s quick hands gave him his first goal of the series at 17:55. After Griggs fought off Bochek’s shot, the puck sat at the side of the Denver goalie and Larke tapped it home to give the Oilers an insurmountable 6-0 lead.

Kyle Fletcher spoiled Madolora’s shutout bid at 2:48 of the third and Denver center Troy Schwab scored at 8:18 to push his goal streak to four consecutive games. However, the contest was never in doubt over the final 20 minutes and the Oilers coasted to the win. Nine of Tulsa’s 10 forwards registered at least a single point and the Oilers were able to successfully eliminate all seven of Denver’s power play opportunities.

Through the first three games of the series, the Oilers had only been in front for a total of 4:58 but on Friday night, the Oilers led for 56 of the 60 minutes. The victory assures the Oilers of playing at least one more home game and pivotal Game 5 is slated for Saturday night at the Denver Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. Central Time.

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Oilers Look To Even Series With Denver – Game 4 Tonight at 8:00 PM

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The Tulsa Oilers first round playoff series against the Denver Cutthroats presented by Call Okie 811 resumes tonight with Game 4 at the Denver Coliseum at 8:00 p.m. Central Time.  The Cutthroats hold a 2-1 series lead.

Opening Round – (best-of-7) 
Tulsa Oilers vs. Denver Cutthroats (DEN leads series 2-1)
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 4 – Denver 3 at Tulsa 4
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 5 – Denver 4 at Tulsa 2
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 9 – Tulsa 2 at Denver 3 (OT)
Game 4 – Fri., Apr.11 – Tulsa at Denver, 8:00
Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 12 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., Apr. 15 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:05
*Game 7 – Thu., Apr. 17 – Tulsa at Denver, 8:00

*If necessary

All Oilers fans are invited to the Game 4 watch party tonight at Fox and Hound (71st and Garnett).  Fox and Hound is the official site of every Oilers watch party during the 2014 playoffs and the only place in town to catch every second of Oilers postseason action.

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To listen to tonight’s game, click the link below
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tulsaoilers

To follow scoring and stat updates, click the link below
http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/scoreboard.html?leagueid=12

Series Notes:

Dismissing The Disappointment: Wednesday night in Game 3, the Oilers suffered a bitter 3-2 overtime defeat and watched the Cutthroats take a 2-1 series lead.  Trailing 1-0 late in the third period, Tulsa got goals from Ben Gordon and Blair Macaulay to build its first lead of the evening.  Denver defenseman Mikael Tam scored the game-tying goal with just 1:16 remaining in regulation and J.P. Chabot tipped the puck past Shane Madolora at the 12:18 mark of overtime to give the Cutthroats the victory.  After winning Game 1 in Tulsa last Friday, the Oilers have dropped two in a row but can level the series with a win tonight.

Bonus Hockey: In franchise history, the Oilers have appeared in 14 playoff overtime contests and hold a 6-8 record in those games.  Including Wednesday’s Game 3 setback to the Cutthroats, Tulsa has lost six of its last seven playoff overtime games.

Saving The Best For Last: Each game of the series between Tulsa and Denver, has featured dramatic moments in the third period and eight of the 18 goals in the series have been scored in the final frame of regulation.  In Game 3, the teams combined for three goals in the last 4:37 of the third.  Cutthroats’ forward Garett Bembridge scored three goals in the span of 6:14 in the third period of Game 2, and Oilers’ winger Ryan Menei scored the game-winning goal in Game 1 with just 1:24 left in regulation.

Even Starts: All three games of the series have been tied after the first period.  Despite the Oilers outshooting the Cutthroats 35-20 in the opening frames, each team has scored three first period goals.

Power Outage: The Oilers went 0-for-5 on the power play in Game 3 and are 0-for-13 on the power play in the series against the Cutthroats.  In six regular season games and three playoff games against Denver, the Oilers have scored just two power play goals in 36 opportunities.

Five and Five: Oilers forward Ben Gordon is one of nine players in the CHL playoffs with five points and a +5 rating.  Gordon, who led the Oilers with 89 points in the regular season, has three goals and two assists through the first three games of the first round series against Denver.

Ben Gordon watches his deflection sail over the shoulder of Kent Patterson and into the top of the net during the 3rd period of Game 3 on Wednesday night. (photo by: Hector Acevedo)

Ben Gordon watches his deflection sail over the shoulder of Kent Patterson and into the top of the net during the 3rd period of Game 3 on Wednesday night. (photo by: Hector Acevedo)

Vanishing Leads: Through the first three games of the series, a total time of 192:18, the Oilers have only held the lead for a total of 4:58.  Tulsa carried an advantage for 3:53 in Game 1, never led in Game 2, and was out front for just 1:05 in Game 3.

Oil Drops: Forward Ryan Cramer made his first appearance of the series in Game 3…The Oilers have outshot the Cutthroats in every game and by a combined total of 102-84…Tulsa is 3-4 all-time in best-of-seven playoff series and has not won a best-of-seven series since defeating the Oklahoma City Blazers in the 1994 CHL semi-finals…Todd Robinson leads all Oilers with 146 playoff appearances.

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Chabot’s Overtime Game-Winner Gives Denver 2-1 Series Lead

The Cutthroats celebrate their Game 3 victory over the Oilers that ended on J.P. Chabot's overtime goal on Wednesday night at the Denver Coliseum (photo by: Hector Acevedo)

The Cutthroats celebrate their Game 3 victory over the Oilers that ended on J.P. Chabot’s overtime goal on Wednesday night at the Denver Coliseum (photo by: Hector Acevedo)

DENVER, CO – A series of dramatic swings in momentum and emotions ended in bitter disappointment on Wednesday night for the Tulsa Oilers. J.P. Chabot tipped the game-winning goal past Shane Madolora at 12:18 of overtime to give the Denver Cutthroats a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Oilers in Game 3 of the first round playoff series. Denver holds a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 slated for Friday evening at the Denver Coliseum.

The contest was scoreless for nearly 39 minutes until Denver center Troy Schwab connected on wrist shot from the high slot. Schwab notched his third goal of the series and the Cutthroats carried a 1-0 advantage into the third period.

The home team was able to sustain its lead into the closing minutes of regulation but the Oilers would not go quietly. At 15:23, Ryan Barlock’s blast from the blue was re-directed past Kent Patterson by Ben Gordon whose third tally of the series leveled the contest at 1-1. Rookie forward Blair Macaulay gave the Oilers their first and only lead of the night at 17:39 when he rushed down the left-wing boards and solved Patterson with a deke through the five-hole. Macaulay’s second goal of the postseason put the Oilers in a position to close out the Cutthroats, but the Fish wasted little time in finding the equalizer. After T.J Fox’s shot created a rebound, Denver defenseman Mikael Tam slammed the loose puck through Madolora with just 1:16 remaining in regulation. Three goals in the final four and a half minutes of the third period sent the game into overtime knotted at 2-2.

Despite outshooting the Cutthroats 9-3 in the extra frame, the Oilers were unable to beat Patterson who finished the night with 40 saves on 42 shots. Cutthroats blue-liner Steve Kaunisto fired toward the Tulsa net at 12:18 and Chabot, who planted himself in front of Madolora was able to get a piece of the puck and put it home. Complete jubilation for the Cutthroats, heartbreak for the Oilers.

Tulsa went 0-for-5 on the power play and is now 0-for-13 in the series on the man-advantage. Madolora made 36 saves in a losing effort and after allowing Denver to strike twice on the power play in Game 2, the Oilers penalty kill shut down all four Cutthroats power play chances in Game 3.

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Tulsa Oilers Playoff News and Notes – April 7, 2014

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Opening Round Playoff Series
Denver Cutthroats (2) vs. Tulsa Oilers (7)
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 4 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:35pm (TUL def. DEN 4-3)
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 5 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:35pm (DEN def. TUL 4-2)
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 9 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 11 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 12 – Tulsa at Denver, 6:00
*Game 6 – Tue., Apr. 15 – Denver at Tulsa, 7:05
*Game 7 – Thu., Apr. 17 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00

*If necessary
* All games in Tulsa listed in Central Time, all games in Denver listed in Mountain Time

Watch Parties Begin Wednesday: Just because you can’t make the trek to Denver doesn’t mean you have to miss a minute of Oilers playoff hockey. The Oilers are hosting playoff watch parties this week at Fox and Hound (71st and Garnett) for Game 3, 4, and 5! The first party starts this Wednesday at 8pm and Fox and Hound is the perfect place to hang out with your fellow Oilers fans, watch the game on of the big screen TV’s, and sample a variety of delicious menu options! Prizes will be given away every time the Oilers score a goal and Fox and Hound is the one and only place in Tulsa to catch Oilers playoff hockey!

Watch Party Schedule:
Game 3 – Tulsa at Denver, 8:00pm
Game 4 – Tulsa at Denver, 8:00pm
Game 5 – Tulsa at Denver, 7:00pm

Oilers defenseman Jake Obermeyer prepares to block a shot from Cutthroats forward Cam Reid during Game 2 on Saturday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Oilers defenseman Jake Obermeyer prepares to block a shot from Cutthroats forward Cam Reid during Game 2 on Saturday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

Series Even At 1-1: Playoff hockey returned to Tulsa last Friday night for the first time since 2011 and the Oilers earned a 4-3 victory over the Cutthroats in Game 1 of their first round series. Ryan Menei scored the game-winning goal with 1:24 remaining in regulation and led all skaters on the evening with three points (2 goals, 1 assist). Rookies Adam Pleskach and Blair Macaulay tallied their first professional playoff goals and goaltender Shane Madolora made 21 saves to record his first playoff win. Denver leveled the series on Saturday night with a 4-2 win in Game 2 thanks to a third period hat-trick from CHL MVP Garett Bembridge. The Cutthroats right-winger scored three goals in the span of 6:14 and registered a total of four points (3 goals, 1 assist) to power his team past the Oilers. Denver forward A.J. Gale chipped in four assists while Ben Gordon scored both goals for Tulsa.

Migrating to the Mile High City: The next three games of the series are slated for the Denver Coliseum where the Cutthroats boasted the CHL’s best regular season home record at 22-6-5. The Oilers visited Denver on the opening weekend of the season and went 0-1-1 in a pair of games against the Cutthroats. In the season opener on October 18, the Oilers dropped a 4-1 decision and suffered a 3-2 loss on October 19 that was decided by an 18-round shootout. All-time, Tulsa is 1-2-1 in Denver and the Cutthroats are 0-2 all-time in home playoff games.

Top Form: Tulsa’s line of Ben Gordon, Ryan Menei, and Adam Pleskach has combined for 12 of the team’s 17 points in the first two games of the series against the Cutthroats. The trio is +11 over the first two games and has accounted for five of the six Oilers goals. In Game 1 on Friday, each member of the line finished with multiple points and in Game 2 on Saturday, each forward registered a +2 rating. With five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in two games, Menei is tied for the CHL playoff scoring lead.

Ben Gordon celebrates his goal during the 3rd period of Game 2 on Saturday night at the BOK Center.  Gordon scored both Oilers goals in a 4-2 loss. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Ben Gordon celebrates his goal during the 3rd period of Game 2 on Saturday night at the BOK Center. Gordon scored both Oilers goals in a 4-2 loss. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

Power Play Silenced: Despite generating shots and scoring chances, the Oilers are 0-for-8 on the power play in the series with the Cutthroats. Going back to the regular season, Tulsa has failed to capitalize on 23 consecutive power play opportunities against Denver and is only 2-for-31 overall on the man-advantage in eight total games with the Cutthroats.

Big Night for Bembridge: After scoring just one goal in six regular season outings against the Oilers, Cutthroats’ forward Garett Bembridge recorded a natural hat-trick in the third period on Saturday night. During the regular season, the Oilers allowed only two hat-tricks to opposing players. On November 23 in Allen, Americans rookie Alex Lavoie found the net three times but the Oilers prevailed for a wild 10-8 win. On December 28, Allen defenseman Tyler Ludwig scored three third period goals to lift the Americans to a 7-4 victory over Tulsa.

The Patterson Puzzle: In three regular season outings against Denver goalie Kent Patterson, the Oilers were only able to muster a total of six goals on 99 shots. Patterson posted a .939 save percentage and registered a shutout on his way to a 2-1-0 record against Tulsa. However, on Friday night in Game 1, the Oilers scored four times on Patterson in just 26 shots. Patterson, a 2007 draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche, became much stingier in Game 2 with 32 saves on 34 Tulsa shots to help his side pick up a 4-2 victory.

The Meaning of Game 1: In their franchise history, the Oilers have earned seven victories in Game 1 of a playoff series including Friday night’s win over Denver. In the six previous series, the Oilers are 3-3 when winning Game 1.

Oil Drops: The Oilers are 3-4 all-time in best-of-seven playoff series and have not won a best-of-seven series since 1994 when they defeated the Oklahoma City Blazers in the CHL semi-finals…Craig Cescon leads all Tulsa defensemen with a +3 rating through two playoff games…The Oilers are allowing an average of just 22.5 shots on goal in the first two games of the series.

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Bembridge’s Hat-Trick Powers Cutthroats Past Oilers To Level Series

Tulsa defenseman Eric Tallent turns away from Denver center Troy Schwab during the first period of the Cutthroats' 4-2 playoff victory over the Oilers on Saturday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Tulsa defenseman Eric Tallent turns away from Denver center Troy Schwab during the first period of the Cutthroats’ 4-2 playoff victory over the Oilers on Saturday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

TULSA, OK – Last week, Denver forward Garett Bembridge was named the Central Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player and Saturday night in Tulsa, he certainly looked the part. Three third period goals off the stick of Bembridge propelled the Cutthroats to a 4-2 victory over the Tulsa Oilers in Game 2 of their first round playoff series. Denver’s win leveled the series at 1-1 with the next three games slated for the Mile High City.

It was Bembridge’s line mate, Troy Schwab, who got the scoring started less than a minute into the first period. A pass from Bembridge along the corner boards was buried by Schwab in front of the Tulsa net to give the Cutthroats an almost immediate 1-0 lead. The Oilers answer came at 3:06 of the opening period when Tulsa top-line trio of Ben Gordon, Adam Pleskach, and Ryan Menei combined for a nifty collaboration of passes that concluded with Gordon slipping the puck under Denver goalie Kent Patterson.

The game remained locked at 1-1 until the Bembridge show began at 4:54 of the third period. With Tulsa winger Drew Fisher in the box for interference, the Cutthroats regained the lead on the power play. As he has done so many times throughout this season, Bembridge ripped an off-wing one-timer past Shane Madolora for his first goal of the postseason and a glimpse of what was to come over the rest of the frame. The Oilers displayed another dose of resiliency just 22 seconds later as Gordon finished off a breakaway by lifting a backhand over Patterson to pull his team even for the second time in the contest. Tulsa forward Michel Beausoleil was called for goalie interference at 7:03 and Bembridge cashed in on yet another power play opportunity. At 8:03, the CHL regular season scoring leader blasted another one-timer from the left circle to put the Fish up 3-2. Bembridge finished off his hat-trick at 11:08 taking a two-on-one pass from Schwab and depositing the puck into an open net. The Denver right-wing recorded his three goals in the span of just 6:14 and his tallies proved too much for the Oilers to overcome.

Patterson made 32 stops on 34 shots and Tulsa failed on all four of its power play attempts. The Oilers are now 0-for-8 in the series with the man-advantage.

Game 3 is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. (Central Time) on Wednesday, April 9 at the Denver Coliseum. The Oilers went 0-1-1 in Denver during the regular season and the Cutthroats boasted the league’s best home record during the regular season with a mark of 22-6-5.

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Menei’s Late Heroics Lift Oilers to Victory in Series Opener

Oilers goaltender Shane Madolora attempts to cover the puck in front of Cutthroats forward Garett Bembridge during the first period of Tulsa's 4-3 win in Game 1 of the first round playoff series on Friday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle - www.photopyle.com)

Oilers goaltender Shane Madolora attempts to cover the puck in front of Cutthroats forward Garett Bembridge during the first period of Tulsa’s 4-3 win in Game 1 of the first round playoff series on Friday night at the BOK Center. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)

TULSA, OK – Playoff hockey returned to Tulsa on Friday night and Ryan Menei turned in a performance worthy of the stage and the moment. The right-winger tallied two goals on the evening including the game-winner with 1:24 remaining in the third period to elevate the Oilers past the Denver Cutthroats for a 4-3 win in Game 1 of the first round playoff series.

Rhythm and tempo were nowhere to be found in the opening half of a first period mired in choppy starts and stops, frequent puck freezes by both goaltenders, and tentative play by both sides. The Cutthroats netted the first goal of the series at 12:27 of the first frame when Vincent Arseneau tipped Aaron MacKenzie’s shot through Tulsa goalie Shane Madolora. Just 92 seconds later, Daniel Barczuk ripped a wrist shot from the near circle over the pad of Madolora to give the Fish a 2-0 advantage. The Oilers answer came within 45 seconds thanks to rookie forward Adam Pleskach. As the puck slid toward the Denver blue line, Pleskach positioned himself in front of Cutthroats’ goalie Kent Patterson and re-directed a shot from Craig Cescon into the net. Pleskach, who tallied 33 times during the regular season, notched the first playoff goal of his career and cut Denver’s lead to one. At 17:38, Ben Gordon threaded a pass to Menei on top of the Denver crease and the Winnipeg native roofed a backhand over the blocker of Patterson to level the contest at 2-2.

In the second period, the Oilers took their first lead of the night on a contribution from another rookie forward. Blair Macaulay zipped the puck over Patterson’s shoulder at 8:17 to provide the home side with a 3-2 edge. Tulsa’s lead evaporated in a matter of minutes as Cutthroats’ center Troy Schwab buried a breakaway opportunity to even the score at 3-3 at the 10:46 mark of the middle frame.

Early in the third, with the contest still knotted at 3-3, Denver winger Garett Bembridge was all alone at the side of an open Oilers’ net. The CHL MVP was robbed by a diving Madolora who extended the paddle of stick to seal the post and take what would have been a sure goal away from the league’s leading scorer. The game remain deadlocked until the Oilers capitalized on a neutral zone turnover in the closing minutes. Pleskach’s pass from the neutral zone sprung Menei on a partial breakaway and the seventh-year sniper beat Patterson underneath the glove for his second lamp-lighter of the game. With Patterson pulled in the final minute, the Oilers blocked a barrage of Denver shots and held on for their first playoff victory since April 19, 2011.

Menei led all skaters with three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and Madolora recorded 21 saves to earn the first playoff win of his career. Tulsa went 0-for-4 on the power play but outshot Denver 26-24 for the game.

The Oilers hold a 1-0 series lead heading into Game 2 on Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. at the BOK Center.

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