Oil Drops: Tulsa Oilers Weekly Report
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tuesday, November 18 vs. Wichita Thunder (4-3 W/SO)
Wednesday, November 19 at Quad City Mallards (4-3 L/SO)
Friday, November 21 at Missouri Mavericks (4-1 W)
Sunday, November 23 vs. Wichita Thunder (3-2 W)
Tuesday, November 25, 7:05 p.m. - vs. Allen Americans ($1 hotdogs)
Thursday, November 27, 7:05 p.m. - vs. Allen Americans ($1 beer)
Friday, November 28, 7:35 p.m. - vs. Quad City Mallards
Sunday, November 30, 5:05 p.m. - at Wichita Thunder
Rank: T-1st in Central Division
Goals: Adam Pleskach - 11
Assists: Jon Booras - 12
Points: Jon Booras - 20
+/-: Five players tied at +6
PIM: Tommy Mele - 48
WEEK IN REVIEW
Last Tuesday night against Wichita, the Oilers let a three-goal lead slip away at the end of regulation but recovered for a 4-3 shootout victory. Rookie goalie Kevin Carr posted a season-high 46 saves and Tulsa improved to 3-0-0 on home ice against the Thunder.
In Quad City on Wednesday, the Oilers led 3-1 with two and a half minutes remaining in regulation but could not put the Mallards away. Tulsa surrendered two goals in the span of 57 seconds and skated away with just a single point in a 4-3 shootout loss.
Tulsa finished its brief, two-game road trip with a 4-1 win at Missouri on Friday. Jon Booras scored a pair of goals and the Oilers went 9-for-9 on the penalty kill to earn their first win in four attempts over the Mavericks.
The Oilers ended the week where it started, back at the BOK Center for the fifth meeting of the season against Wichita. Jon Booras' power play strike in the third period proved to be the difference in a 3-2 Tulsa win.
The Oilers are coming off their most successful week of the season in which they registered seven of a possible eight points and earned at least a point in four consecutive contests. Tulsa sits four games above .500 and tied with Quad City for the top spot in the Central Division.
Veteran center Jon Booras has five goals in his last three games and is tied for the ECHL lead with 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists). The Montana native notched back-to-back two-goal performances against Missouri on Friday and Wichita on Sunday and leads all Oilers with eight multi-point games this season. Booras, who scored a shorthanded goal and a power play goal in Sunday's win over the Thunder, has put up at least one point in five of his last six games.
CONSISTENCY FROM CARR
Rookie puck-stopper Kevin Carr enjoyed his best week as a pro while helping the Oilers to three wins in the last four games. The 24-year old started every game for the Oilers last week and turned aside 144 of the 153 shots he faced for a .941 save percentage. Carr, who posted a 2.25 goals against average last week, has been the goalie of record for all eight Tulsa wins and has been between the pipes for 88-percent of the total minutes played this season.
OUTSHOT BUT NOT OUTDONE
The Oilers have been outshot in eight straight games but have a record of 5-2-1 during that stretch. Tulsa has allowed 30 or more shots on goal in each one of the eight games and ranks 25th out of 28 teams in the ECHL with an average of 33.2 shots against per game. Only Quad City, Stockton, and Brampton are giving up more shots than the Oilers.
STONE WOLF DOMINANCE
For a second straight season Tulsa and Wichita are competing for the Stone Wolf Casino Cup, awarded to the winner of the rivals' season series. The Oilers are 4-1-0 against the Thunder this season with all four victories occurring on home ice. Three of the five games have been decided beyond regulation and four of the five have been decided by just a single goal.
After missing two games due to injury for the first time in his career, Oilers winger Drew Fisher returned to the lineup last week and made a huge impact. The International Falls, Minnesota native has contributed two points in each of the last three games. Fisher, who has four goals and seven assists on the season, is tied for the top spot on the team with a +6 rating and is one of four Oilers (Jon Booras, Adam Pleskach, T.J. Caig) averaging more than a point per game.
Entering last week, the Oilers had given up 19 goals in their previous four contests. However, the Tulsa defense showed dramatic improvement by only allowing 10 goals in four games last week. The Oilers registered their best defensive performance of the season at Missouri last Friday by holding the Mavericks to just a single goal. Tulsa has killed off 16 straight penalties and has played three straight games without surrendering a power play goal. The Oilers' PK unit ranks ninth in the ECHL with an 84.1-percent success rate.
FREQUENT VISITS TO THE BIN
Tulsa leads the Central Division with 291 penalty minutes and ranks third in the league with an average of 20.79 penalty minutes per game. The Oilers have enjoyed more power plays than their opponent in just four of their 14 games this season.
The Oilers lost a member of their extended family on Monday with the passing of Pat Quinn at the age of 71. From 1964-1970, Quinn played 140 games as a defenseman for the Oilers and recorded 60 points (6 goals, 54 assists). A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Quinn became one of the most well-respected coaches in the NHL and spent time as the bench boss of the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Edmonton Oilers. In 2002, Quinn coached the Canadian Olympic Team to a gold medal in Salt Lake City.
Center Steve Mele went the first 50 games of his pro career without being called for a penalty before finally taking a hooking call in the first period of Friday's game at Missouri...Nine penalty kills on Friday against the Mavericks was the Oilers highest PK total since killing off 11 power plays on March 8, 2014 in a 5-0 loss to Rapid City...The first period has been the Oilers best period with a +7 goal differential (18 goals for, 11 goals against).
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