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March 4, 2019
OILERS JUMP INTO FIRST PLACE WITH 12 GAMES LEFT
Tulsa sweeps three-game weekend against Allen and Kansas City to creep closer to first playoff appearance since 2014-15.
OVERALL RECORD: 34-20-6 (74 points, 1stin Mountain Division)
LAST WEEK: 3-0-0
Friday, Mar. 1 – Tulsa 5, Allen 3 (Allen Event Center – Allen, TX)| Box Score
>> In the first of a home-and-home weekend series, the Tulsa Oilers fell behind 2-0 in the first period to the Allen Americans at the Allen Event Center. Tommy Mele put the Oilers on the board midway through the second period, but the Americans rebuilt their two-goal cushion in the final minute to go up 3-1 entering the third. Tulsa turned the tides in the final frame, scoring four goals in a 6:47 span, starting with Ian McNulty’s first of two goals 3:07 in. Eric Drapluktied the score with his third goal in as many games, and McNulty scored again 23 seconds later to put the Oilers in the lead. 15 seconds into an Allen power play, Ryan Tesinkfired home Tulsa’s fifth goal, a short-handed marker to make it 5-3. Ian Keserichstopped 34 of 37 shots to earn the win.
Saturday, Mar. 2 – Tulsa 2, Allen 1 (BOK Center – Tulsa, OK)| Box Score
>> The series shifted back to Tulsa Saturday, as the Oilers returned home from a four-game road swing and Scott Henegarscored a short-handed goal 2:30 into the game to quickly put the home team in front. Late in the opening frame, Allen tied the game thanks to a fancy stick-handling display from the league’s leading scorer Zach Pochiro. With the game even at 1-1, the teams skated through the middle period without any change to the score. Following an unsuccessful third period power play, Charlie Sampairfound Chris Forney with a pass from circle to circle, and Forney buried the eventual game-winner into the net with 7:55 to play. Ian Keserichturned away 24 of 25 to win his third straight.
Sunday, Mar. 3 – Tulsa 3, Kansas City 1 (BOK Center – Tulsa, OK)| Box Score
>> Tulsa moved past the Idaho Steelheads into sole possession of first place in the Mountain Division with a 3-1 win over Kansas City in the weekend finale Sunday at the BOK Center. Tommy Melefound the back of the net first with a goal 2:03 into the game. On the Oilers second power play of the first period, Adam Pleskach lit the lamp to make it 2-0 with his 31stgoal of the season. Tulsa outshot Kansas City 20-4 in the opening stanza, but the Mavericks flipped the script in the second period with a 16-6 reversal in the shots department and a goal early. However, Ian McNultysnapped the Mavericks’ momentum with an insurance goal at 18:09 of the period, putting Tulsa ahead 3-1 entering the third. Ian Keserich backstopped a perfect weekend with a 26-save performance.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Saturday, Mar. 9– Tulsa AT Allen, 7:05 p.m. – Allen Event Center (Allen, TX)
- Adam Pleskachis second in the ECHL with 31 goals, and is tied for second with 61 points.
- Ian Keserich is 5-1-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in eight appearances.
- Ian McNultyscored three goals in Tulsa’s three games last weekend.
- Tulsa passed Idaho into first place in the Mountain Division with 12 games remaining.
- The Oilers’ Magic Number is 7 points (4 wins or Wichita losses).
- Tulsa scored short-handed goals in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday for the first time this year.
POINTS: 61 – Adam Pleskach
GOALS: 31 – Adam Pleskach
ASSISTS: 31 – Ryan Tesink, Jared Thomas
PLUS/MINUS: +19 – Steven Kaunisto
PIMS: 160 – Mike McKee
PP GOALS: 11 – Adam Pleskach
SH GOALS: 2 – Ryan Tesink, Jared Thomas
GW GOALS: 7 – Charlie Sampair
SHOTS: 259 – Adam Pleskach
WINS: 16 – Devin Williams
GAA: 1.78 – Ian Keserich
SAVE %: .931 – Ian Keserich
POWER PLAY: Overall – 36/263 (13.6%) – 25thin the ECHL
Last Week – 1/13 (7.7%)
PENALTY KILL: Overall – 194/232 (83.6%) – 11thin the ECHL
Last Week – 11/11 (100%)
Adam Pleskachis tied for 4thin the ECHL with 11 power play goals… Charlie Sampairis tied for the league lead with 7 game-winning goals… Ryan Tesinkis 14thin points (54)… Mike McKee is 8thin penalty minutes (160)… Devin Williamsis 2ndin the ECHL in goals-against average (2.21)… Dylan Bredois tied for 5thamong league defensemen in assists (29) and 9thin points (33)… Steven Kaunisto is 2ndamong defensemen with 4 game-winning goals… Jared Thomasis 5thamong rookies with 49 points and tied for 2ndin assists (31).