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Oilers Host Thunder Tonight

December 18, 2015 - ECHL (ECHL) - Tulsa Oilers News Release

TONIGHT'S MATCH-UP

The Oilers go head-to-head tonight against Central Division rivals the Wichita Thunder in the first of back-to-back meetings in Tulsa. The Oilers are coming off of a win against Missouri on Sunday where they snapped a 14-game winning streak. The Thunder are on a streak of their own- seven straight losses (11 straight on the road). The last visit with the squad from Kansas resulted in a 4-2 victory for the Oilers on November 28. Tulsa is 2-1-1-0 this season against Wichita.

CARR CONTINUES TO CONTINUE

Goaltender Kevin Carr has started in each of the Oilers' last 10 games and ranks fourth in the ECHL. With 891 minutes played this season, Carr is 8-7-0-0 with a 1.95 goals against average.

BROWNIE POINTS

Right-winger Dennis Brown continues to climb up the point ladder. Brown leads the Oilers with 14 assists and has recorded a +12. The Western Michigan University product spent the last two seasons under Coach Christie's wing as well when he played for the Ontario Reign. In 47 games during the 2014-2015 campaign, Brownie registered 14 assists total- his current number in only 19 games with Tulsa.

STREAK STRIKERS

On Sunday the Oilers snapped the Missouri Maverick's franchise historic 14-game winning streak. With three multi-point players (DeSalvo 1g/1a, Clark 1g/1a, Konan 2a), a strong power play (2 PP goals) and a quick goalie, the Oilers broke down the hottest team in the ECHL 4-3.

AARON ACQUIRED

Last week, the Tulsa Oilers were assigned rookie defenseman Aaron Harstad from the Manitoba Moose. The Wisconsin native has played in seven games for Manitoba this season and now three for the Oilers where he has produced two goals since his arrival. The Colorado College product was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the seventh round (187th overall) in 2011.

EXTRA DROPS

Dennis Brown ranks 16th in the ECHL among defensemen with 15 points... Dan DeSalvo is ranked 15th amongst ECHL Rookies with 15 points... Tulsa is the only team in the league to have not allowed a shorthanded goal... This Saturday the Oilers will host an ugly sweater specialty jersey night- jerseys will be auctioned off following the contest...

TONIGHT'S MATCHUP

Tulsa Oilers vs. Wichita Thunder - 7:05 p.m. at BOK Center

Watch on ECHL-TV

Listen on Ustream

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

2-1-1-0

TEAM CAPSULES

Tulsa Oilers

Overall: 10-10-1-1 (22 points)

Home: 7-6-1-0

Road: 3-4-0-1

Rank: 3rd in Central Division

Wichita Thunder

Overall: 6-17-0-1 (13 points)

Home: 5-6-0-1

Road: 1-11-0-0

Rank: 4th in Central Division

OILERS LEADERS

Goals: Emerson Clark - 9

Assists: Dennis Brown - 14

Points: Adam Pleskach - 16

+/-: Dennis Brown +12

PIM: Mathieu Gagnon - 60

THUNDER LEADERS

Goals: Ian Lowe, Danick Gauthier, Kenton Miller- 5

Assists: Peter Sakaris - 9

Points: Peter Sakaris - 13

+/-: Ian Lowe, -16

PIM: Dan Milan- 41

TULSA VS. WICHITA ALL-TIME

Overall: 135-107-26

Home: 73-47-13

Road: 62-60-14


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