Oil Drops: Tulsa Oilers Weekly
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Wednesday, April 8 at Wichita Thunder (4-2 W) Watch Highlights
Friday, April 10 at Wichita Thunder (2-1 W/SO) Watch Highlights
Saturday, April 11 at Quad City Mallards (2-1 OTL)
THIS WEEK'S GAMES - FIRST ROUND OF KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS
Game 1 - Tuesday, April 14 at Allen Americans - 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 - Wednesday, April 15 at Allen Americans - 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 - Friday, April 17 vs. Allen Americans - 7:35 p.m.
Game 4 - Saturday, April 18 vs. Allen Americans - 7:35 p.m.
TEAM CAPSULE - REGULAR SEASON
Overall: 37-29-3-3 (80 points)
Last 10: 4-4-2-0
Rank: 4th in Central Division
TEAM LEADERS - REGULAR SEASON
Goals: Adam Pleskach - 41
Assists: Drew Fisher - 59
Points: Drew Fisher - 77
+/-: Drew Fisher +22
PIM: Tommy Mele - 200
WEEK IN REVIEW
The Oilers clinched a spot in the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 victory over the Wichita Thunder on Wednesday night. Tulsa trailed 2-1 heading into the third period and picked up a shorthanded, game-tying goal from Kyle Bochek. With less than a minute remaining in regulation, Adam Pleskach deflected a shot past Thunder goalie Tim Boron to give the Oilers their first lead of the evening.
The StoneWolf Casino Cup series concluded Friday in Wichita and the Oilers recorded a 2-1 shootout win for their sixth straight victory over the Thunder. Scott Macaulay potted the game-winner in the shootout and Kevin Carr shut down all five Thunder shootout attempts. The Oilers finished the season series against Wichita with a 12-2-0 record and claimed the StoneWolf Casino Cup for the second straight season.
With third place on the line in Saturday's regular season finale in Quad City, the Oilers came up short in a 2-1 overtime setback to the Mallards. Adam Pleskach scored the lone goal of the game for Tulsa and Quad City defenseman Matt Duffy blasted home a power play slap shot in the extra session to give his side the extra point.
The Oilers appeared in the postseason last year as a member of the Central Hockey League and will participate in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000 and 2001. Tulsa finished the regular season with 37 victories, the highest win total of Bruce Ramsay's six-year tenure as Head Coach and the highest win total since the 2002-03 season.
FIRST ROUND PREVIEW
The Oilers and Americans clashed 17 times during the regular season and have never faced each other in the postseason. Tulsa was 5-10-2 overall against Allen and the Americans claimed victory in each of the last four meetings. Six of the 17 encounters were decided by a single goal and the Americans finished the season series with an overall edge of 77-51 in total goals scored. Allen was the highest-scoring team in the ECHL (4.0 goals per game) and finished with the most penalty minutes (22.8 per game) in the league. Both clubs enter the postseason with momentum as the Oilers went 10-4-2 in their final 16 games of the regular season and the Americans played their final 11 games without a regulation loss (9-0-2).
Drew Fisher tied for third in the league scoring race with 77 points and finished second in the ECHL with 59 assists. Adam Pleskach, who put up 33 goals last season as a rookie, finished his sophomore campaign with 41 goals, the second-highest total in the ECHL. Kevin Carr led all rookie goaltenders with 30 wins and became the first Oilers' goalie to earn 30 wins in a single season since Rod Branch in 2002-03. Jeff Jubinville tied for third among rookies with 63 points and was one of only two rookies in the ECHL to register 30 goals and 30 assists.
FILLING THE SEATS
A total of 197,249 fans watched Tulsa Oilers hockey at the BOK Center during the 2014-15 regular season. The Oilers averaged 5,479 fans per game, the highest number since the 1994-95season. Among 28 teams in the ECHL, the Oilers ranked fifth in average attendance and finished number one among all Central Division clubs. The Oilers increased attendance for a third consecutive season and saw a ten-percent rise in attendance from the previous year.
COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH
Right-wing Adam Pleskach ended the regular season on a five-game point streak (4 goals, 3 assists) and put up at least one point in eight of the last nine games.
The Oilers earned points in 14 of their final 17 regular season road games (12-3-2) and finished the season with a road record of 19-13-2-2, their highest road win total of the Bruce Ramsay era.
Kevin Carr set a new franchise record with a goals against average of 2.73 for the 2014-15 season. The previous mark was held by Trevor Cann who posted a 2.81 goals against average for the 2009-10 season. The 24-year old rookie was in net for 30 of the Oilers' 37 wins this season and played 70-percent of the total minutes. Carr allowed one goal or fewer in nine of his final 12 appearances of the season.
Bruce Ramsay is making his third playoff appearance as Oilers' Head Coach...Tulsa has not advanced past the second round of the playoffs since 1994...Andy Iles, a rookie goalie who played for the Alaska Aces and Florida Everblades this season, signed with the Oilers on Friday...Defenseman Sean Erickson was claimed off waivers on Thursday and played in the final two games of the regular season.
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