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Week of March 27, 2017
OILERS RETURN HOME FRIDAY FOR ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS GAME
Tulsa to welcome Wichita to BOK Center for first home game in over a month, before traveling to Allen Saturday.
**Information about the Alzheimer’s Awareness Game at the bottom of press release**
OILERS RECORD: 26-33-8, 60 points (5th – Central Division, 11th – Western Conference)
LAST WEEK: 0-1-1
FRIDAY, MAR. 24 – ALLEN 5, TULSA 4 (OT) (Allen Event Center – Allen, TX)
Allen took a 1-0 lead in the first period, when Tyler Barnes banked a centering pass off the skate of Gary Steffes and in. Barnes made it 2-0 just 49 seconds into the second period on the Americans’ first power play. Tyson Wilson cut Tulsa’s deficit to one, when he threw a centering pass off of an Allen skate from the corner, and Eric Drapluk tied the game with a shot from the point through a screen. Barnes added his second power play goal with 2:07 left in the frame to give the Americans a 3-2 lead after two. Darcy Murphy tied things up again for the Oilers 32 seconds into the third period, but Alex Krushelnyski put Allen back in front with 6:45 to play. 1:07 later, Danick Gauthier buried his own rebound to bring the score to 4-4 and force overtime. After a scoreless extra period, Barnes scored the only shootout goal for either side, as Riley Gill out-dueled P.J. Musico in net to give the Americans the win.
SATURDAY, MAR. 25 – ALLEN 4, TULSA 3 (Allen Event Center – Allen, TX)
The Americans jumped out to a 2-0 lead for the second straight night, as Zach Hall and Josh Brittain each scored first period goals. Danick Paquette scored his first of two second period goals at 6:03 of the frame to cut Allen’s lead in half, but Alex Krushelnyski answered to open the Americans’ advantage back to two goals. Paquette scored again with 3:54 left in the period to bring the score to 3-2 heading into the third. Krushelnyski found the net a second time 7:27 into the final stanza to provide insurance to Allen’s lead, which proved to be important, because the Oilers’ Shawn Bates made it 4-3 when he scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 7:21 left in regulation. Tulsa put up 20 shots on Riley Gill in the third period, but the Americans hung on to win.
Friday, Mar. 31 – vs. Wichita Thunder, 7:05pm – Alzheimer’s Awareness Night (BOK Center)
Saturday, Apr. 1 – at Allen Americans, 7:05pm – (Allen Event Center – Allen, TX)
OIL PRODUCTION LEADERS
Goals: Darcy Murphy (18)
Assists: Phil Brewer (21)
Points: Brewer, Murphy (32)
Plus/Minus: Chris Joyaux (+8)
Penalty Minutes: Reid Halabi (172)
Power Play Goals: Murphy, Wes Cunningham, Garrett Ladd, Shawn Bates (3)
Short Handed Goals: Emerson Clark (3)*
Game Winning Goals: Ladd, Murphy, Adam Pleskach, Danick Gauthier, Kale Kessy, Tyson Wilson (2)
Shots on Goal: Pleskach (188)
Wins: Jamie Phillips (19)**
GAA: Phillips (2.63)**
Save %: Phillips (.913)**
* Recalled to Chicago (AHL)
** Recalled to Manitoba (AHL)
OILERS IN THE AHL
Forward Dan DeSalvo is second on the Manitoba Moose in goals (15) and third in points (33) in 57 games. DeSalvo leads the Moose with 7 power play goals…Former Oiler Jimmy Lodge has 17 points (8g, 9a) in 55 games for Manitoba, while Ryan Olsen has 9 points (6g, 3a) in 49 games…Goaltender Jamie Phillips has gone 1-3-1, with a 2.68 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 8 appearances with the Moose…Forward Emerson Clark has appeared in 2 games for the Utica Comets since he was traded from the Chicago Wolves. In total, Clark has 4 points (2g, 2a) with 9 penalty minutes in 12 AHL games this season.
Forward Darcy Murphy has points (1g, 3a) in 4 of his last 5 games…Shawn Bates has points (2g, 1a) in 3 of his last 4 contests…Danick Paquette has 5 goals and 4 fights in his last 8 games…Defenseman Eric Drapluk had 3 points (1g, 2a) in the Oilers two games last weekend in Allen…Danick Gauthier has a 3-game point streak (1g, 2a)…Alexandre Ranger had his 4-game point streak snapped Saturday in Allen after registering 6 points (2g, 4a) in that span…P.J. Musico has started 7 consecutive games for Tulsa, the second longest streak of the season behind Colin Stevens (12).
Rookie defenseman Charles-David Beaudoin recorded his first 2 professional points with a pair of assists Saturday at Allen…With a power play goal Saturday, Shawn Bates became the 5th Oiler to reach 30 points this season, joining Phil Brewer, Garrett Ladd, Darcy Murphy, and Christophe Lalancette…Rookie blue-liner Chris Joyaux leads Tulsa with a +8 plus/minus rating. The next closest among active players is Wes Cunningham (+4). The Oilers are 3rd in the ECHL in shots on goal per game (34.51), but 24th in goals per game (2.76)…
The Oilers have just three home games left in the 2016-17 season. Tickets are available by calling the Tulsa Oilers front office at 918-632-7825 or visiting www.tulsaoilers.com. Here are the final three games:
· Friday, March 31 vs Wichita, 7:05pm – Alzheimer’s Awareness Night
· Friday, April 7 vs Allen, 7:05pm
· Saturday, April 8 vs Wichita, 4:05pm – Block Party
ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS GAME – FRIDAY
The Tulsa Oilers are proud to partner once again with the Alzheimer’s Association and Precision Screen Manufacturing to present “Alzheimer’s Awareness Night” this Friday, when the Oilers host the Wichita Thunder at 7:05pm at the BOK Center. The first 4,000 fans into the building will receive Alzheimer’s Awareness pom-poms. Specially designed Alzheimer’s Awareness pucks, shirts and other memorabilia will be available on the concourse, and the Oilers’ game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off after the game in the OneOK Club, with fundraising efforts benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.