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Tulsa Oilers @ Idaho Steelheads – 7:10 p.m. MST Century Link Arena
Overall: 16-12-2-2 (36 points)
Rank: 3rd in Central Division
Overall: 16-16-4-1 (37 points)
Rank: 2nd in West Division
Goals: Adam Pleskach – 13
Assists: Lalancette, Brown, DeSalvo – 15
Points: Adam Pleskach – 26
+/-: Dennis Brown +15
PIM: Emerson Clark – 95
Goals: Jefferson Dahl – 15
Assists: Rob Linsmayer – 24
Points: Rob Linsmayer – 33
+/-: Rob Linsmayer, Emil Molin, +8
PIM: Andrew Carroll – 82
TULSA VS. IDAHO ALL-TIME
For the first time in franchise history, the Oilers will head to Idaho. Tulsa has welcomed the Steelheads to the BOK Center this season but has yet to travel to their neighborhood. Earlier in December (12/10 & 12/11) when the Steelheads payed a visit to Tulsa the teams split a pair, taking two points apiece.
The line of Dan DeSalvo, Phil Brewer and Emerson Clark has continued to prove plentiful. On Saturday’s contest against the Thunder, this line produced a combination of 11 points. Among ECHL rookies, DeSalvo is tenth overall with 30 points (one being an unassisted goal against Utah on Wednesday night in the Maverick Center) and Brewer leads the pack in shootout goals.
FORTUNE OF 500
Not long after becoming the most winning coach in the ECHL, Oilers’ leader Jason Christie is with 499 victories. Christie’s next win will be his 500th.
On Saturday, January 2, Tulsa participated in a battle against the Rapid City Rush that resulted in a total of 216 penalty minutes (109 Oilers, 107 Rush). Of these Oiler minutes, seven were majors and six were game misconducts. See Final Box Score.
As a result of this scrap against the Rush, three Oilers skaters were suspended. Kevin Carr and Emerson Clark will return to the lineup against the Steelheads, however, Mathieu Gagnon still has four more games to serve.
Forward Mathieu Gagnon:
Tulsa’s Mathieu Gagnon has been suspended for eight games – five games for leaving the players’ bench under Rules 70.3 /70.10 to begin an altercation at the conclusion of the game and an additional three games under Rule 28 – Supplemental Discipline for continuing an altercation at the conclusion of the game. He will miss Tulsa’s games vs. Missouri (Jan. 5), at Wichita (Jan. 8), vs. Wichita (Jan. 9), at Utah (Jan. 13), at Idaho (Jan. 15 and Jan. 16) and at Missouri (Jan. 22 and Jan. 23).
Christophe Lalancette is on a six-game point streak (1 goal, 8 assists)…Mathieu Gagnon’s individual game penalty minute high is 30… Tulsa is 11-3-1 when scoring first… Kevin Carr is back in the Oilers lineup and is ranked seventh among ECHL goaltenders with a 2.00 goals against average… Tulsa is third in penalty minutes at 556…The Oilers do not return to the BOK Center until January 26th…
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