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March 5, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Tulsa Oilers News Release

* Playoff Update... The Good-Despite the Oilers 7-3 losses last night, Tulsa still holds down the last playoff spot in the Central Hockey League's Northern Conference.

* Playoff Update... The Bad-The teams closest to Tulsa made up ground last night. Fort Worth won in a shoot out against Oklahoma City bringing the Brahmas two points and the Blazers one point closer in their pursuit of Tulsa. FTW sits just three points behind the Oilers with three games in hand, while the OKC is still 4 points back with just one game in hand. In the Northwest Division, New Mexico topped Colorado 3-1, also bringing them within three points of Tulsa, the Scorpions have two games in hand on the Oilers.

* Playoff Update... The Ugly-Wichita's 3-1 win over Bossier-Shreveport last night clinched them their second straight playoff appearance.

* High Plains Drifters-The Austin Ice Bats come into tonight's game in a very tight playoff race of their own. They sit tied with Laredo atop the Southeast Division with 58 points apiece (Laredo leads by percentage points: .558 to .547).

* The Enforcer-Tonight also marks the return of former Oiler Dallas Anderson. In two seasons in Tulsa (01-02 & 02-03) Anderson averaged over 371 penalty minutes a year, his last season accruing 365 pims in just 48 games; he also averaged over 25 points per year. This season Anderson has 17 points (9g, 8a) and 325 penalty minutes in 46 games... he is second in the league in minutes behind Wichita's Derek Parker.

* In The Line Of Fire-Oilers goalie Bill Ruggiero is leading the league in saves this season with 1430. He is also third in wins with 26, and minutes with 2,561. Ruggiero is also tied for second with 4 shootout wins.

* Million Dollar Babies-The Tulsa Oilers have three players among the top 25 in the CHL in scoring. Jason Bermingham leads the Oilers in points with 60 points (20g, 40a) and sits tied for 17th in the league. Todd Marcellus' 58 points (26g, 32a) puts him in 21st. Dan Gravelle sits tied for 23rd with his 55 points (22g, 33a).

* Sudden Impact-Since claiming Jeremy Kyte off waivers, all the former Lubbock forward has done is score four points in three games (3g, 1a,).

* Unforgiven-Tonight will be the second time these teams have met this season, the first a 5-3 Tulsa loss in Austin; Jason Bermingham had two goals in that game. All-time the Oilers are 3-2-1 against the Ice Bats.


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