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Oil Drops: Tulsa Oilers Weekly Report

March 30, 2015 - ECHL (ECHL) - Tulsa Oilers News Release

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wednesday, March 25 vs. Allen Americans (3-1 L)

Saturday, March 28 at Allen Americans (3-2 OTL) Watch Highlights

Sunday, March 29 at Wichita Thunder (5-1 W) Watch Highlights

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Tuesday, March 31 vs. Allen Americans - 7:05 p.m.

Friday, April 3 vs. Missouri Mavericks - 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, April 4 vs. Missouri Mavericks - 7:35 p.m

TEAM CAPSULE

Overall: 34-27-2-3 (73 points)

Home: 17-14-1-1

Road: 17-13-1-2

Last 10: 7-2-1-0

Rank: 4th in Central Division

TEAM LEADERS

Goals: Adam Pleskach - 37

Assists: Drew Fisher - 53

Points: Drew Fisher - 71

+/-: Jeff Jubinville +23

PIM: Tommy Mele - 200

WEEK IN REVIEW

The Oilers posted a 1-1-1 record last week and earned three out of a possible six points. On Wednesday night, after sitting through an hour delay due to severe storms in the Tulsa area, the Oilers dropped a tight 3-1 decision to the Americans. Adam Pleskach scored the lone goal of the game for the Oilers who lost their second straight to Allen and snapped a three-game home win streak.

The Oilers and Americans clashed for the third time in six days on Saturday night at the Allen Event Center. Chad Costello's overtime game-winner lifted the Americans to a 3-2 to win but the Oilers were able to salvage a single point in defeat. Kyle Bochek tied the game for Tulsa late in the third period and Brandon Anderson, who appeared in net for the first time in nine games, made 28 saves to keep the Oilers in the game.

Sunday in Wichita, the Oilers continued their dominance over the Thunder with a convincing 5-1 victory. Jon Booras led the Tulsa attack with a goal and an assist and Kevin Carr turned in a 27-save performance to push the Oilers' record to 10-2-0 against Wichita this season. Every skater on the Tulsa roster finished the evening at +1 as the Oilers won their fourth straight meeting with the Thunder.

CREATING A CUSHION

Thanks to a three-point weekend for the Oilers and a six-game losing skid for the Thunder, Tulsa has opened up a five point lead on Wichita for the fourth and final Central Division playoff spot. The Oilers have six games remaining in the regular season while the Thunder has just five games left on the schedule. The two sides will conclude the StoneWolf Casino Cup series with a pair of games at INTRUST Bank Arena on April 8 and April 10.

A GAME OF FIRSTS

Sunday proved to be a memorable evening for a trio of Tulsa rookies with key contributions in the 5-1 win over Wichita. Phil Brewer, recently signed out of Bemidji State University, scored his first professional goal with a shorthanded strike in the first period. In the second period, Justin Mansfield registered his first professional point with a stretch pass that set up a breakaway goal for Brady Ramsay. With just over a minute remaining in regulation, rookie defenseman Ricards Birzinsh cashed in a breakaway attempt for his first goal of the season and his first goal as a North American professional.

ON THE RISE

The Oilers have earned points in eight of their last ten games (7-2-1) and have surrendered an average of just two goals per game over that span. In their seven wins, Tulsa's average margin of victory was 3.14 goals.

THUNDER NIGHTMARE

Kevin Carr has back-stopped every single Oilers' victory over the Thunder this season. In 12 outings against the rival Thunder, Carr has posted 10 wins with a 1.97 goals against average and a .935 save percentage. The 24-year old has allowed only a single goal in each of the last three clashes with Wichita.

HOT STICK

Adam Pleskach has scored in three straight games and is tied for second in the ECHL with 37 goals on the season. The second-year pro has eight goals through 11 games in the month of March.

PEAKING ON THE PENALTY KILL

The Oilers faced a total of eight power plays in Sunday's win over the Thunder, the highest number of opposition power plays since February 5 against Rapid City. Tulsa killed off seven of Wichita's eight opportunities and for the month of March, the Oilers penalty kill is operating at 89.3-percent.

ROOM TO IMPROVE

With 34 wins on the season, the Oilers have equaled their win total from the 2013-14 campaign. Through 66 games this season, Tulsa's win percentage (.553) is slightly higher than it was through 66 games last season (.537). The Oilers need just one more victory to tie the highest win total of the Bruce Ramsay era.

EXTRA DROPS

Drew Fisher dished out his 100th career assist on Saturday in Allen and appeared in his 200th professional game on Sunday in Wichita...After going four straight games with a power play goal, the Oilers are 0-for-12 on the man-advantage over their last three games...T.J. Caig missed his first game of the season on Sunday after suffering a lower body injury on Saturday night...The Oilers have won 17 games at home and 17 games on the road...The Oilers have assured themselves of a winning record for the third consecutive month.


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