Oilers Weekly News and Notes
Week In Review: The Oilers played three home games last week and posted a 2-0-1 record. Tulsa has earned points in eight of its last ten games overall.
After a 5-1 loss to Allen last Sunday, the Oilers entered Tuesday's tilt with the Americans in search of payback. Each side scored a first period goal, Jamie Schaafsma for Allen and Ryan Menei for Tulsa, but neither club could find the net through the remainder of regulation or overtime. In the tenth round of the shootout, Sean Erickson scored for the Oilers and Shane Madolora denied Trevor Hendrikx to give the Oilers two points in a narrow 2-1 victory. Madolora stopped 44 shots and shutdown nine of the ten Allen shootout attempts to improve his shootout record to 4-0. It was Tulsa's fourth shootout win in the last eight games and the first win over Allen since November 30.
Friday night at the BOK Center, the Oilers ran their record to 3-0 against Arizona with a 2-0 blanking of the Sundogs. Michel Beausoleil scored both Oilers goals and Shane Madolora turned aside 39 shots to record his first professional shutout. Ryan Cramer notched two assists and the Tulsa penalty kill successfully eliminated nine Arizona powerplays.
The Oilers battled the Brahmas on Saturday for the tenth and final time this season. Fort Worth took a 2-0 lead in the second period but the Oilers responded with goals from Justin Fox and Ryan Menei. A powerplay tally from Phil Fox gave the lead back to the Brahmas, but early in the third, Jeff Buvinow scored a powerplay goal of his own to level the score at 3-3. Two minutes into overtime, Phil Fox re-directed Greg Eskedjian's shot through Madolora to give Fort Worth the extra point. The Oilers finished the season series against the Brahmas with a 2-6-2 record.
Upcoming Games: The Oilers will enjoy a week off before embarking on their longest road trip of the season, a western swing that will take them to Arizona (Feb. 23 and 26) and Denver (Mar. 1 and 2). The ten-day trek will cover more than 2,500 miles.
Saturday, February 23 at 9:05p.m. CST - at Arizona Sundogs
- 4th meeting of the season, Oilers are 3-0-0 against the Sundogs
- Oilers went 2-0-0 last season in Arizona
Playoff Chase: Tulsa is in tenth place in the CHL standings, nine points back of eighth place Arizona for the final playoff spot. The Oilers have four head-to-head matchups remaining against the Sundogs.
February Fortune: With just two games remaining in February, the Oilers have guaranteed themselves a winning month for the first time since October when they posted a 3-2-1 record. Tulsa has already won six games in February, the same amount as December and January combined.
Holding Serve at Home: The Oilers have won seven of their last nine home games and have gone 5-1-1 at the BOK Center in the month of February. In 28 home games this season, Tulsa is 13-11-4 and has averaged 3.4 goals per contest.
A First For Fox: Justin Fox's second period goal against Fort Worth on Saturday was his first as a member of the Oilers. The second year pro is on a three-game point streak and has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in nine total games in Tulsa since being called up from the SPHL.
Stepping It Up In Shootouts: Tulsa is 4-1 in shootouts this season and boasts the best shootout percentage (.433) in the CHL. In 30 shootout attempts the Oilers have scored 13 times. Wingers Michel Beausoleil and Ryan Menei have been the Oilers best snipers, each finding the net on three of their five shootout attempts. Oilers netminder Shane Madolora has been extremely stingy in shootouts. The rookie has faced 22 shooters and allowed only four goals.
Madolora Rising: In his last ten starts, rookie goalie Shane Madolora is 7-2-1 with a 3.07 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. The California native, who started the season in the SPHL, is a perfect 4-0 in shootouts and has shutdown 18 of the 22 shootout attempts he has faced. Madolora has faced 30 or more shots in eight of his last nine outings and his overall save percentage of .915 has pushed him to fifth place in the CHL rankings.
Making His Shots Count: Right wing Ryan Menei has scored a team-high 28 goals on just 141 shots. The Manitoba native leads Tulsa with a .199 shooting percentage, meaning he scores on nearly one out of every five shots he fires on net. Menei's shooting percentage is the highest of any active CHL player with more than 100 shots.
Take Your Best Shot: The Oilers have been outshot in 15 of their last 16 games but have managed to go 9-6-1 in those contests. Tulsa has allowed more shots on goal and more shots per game than any other team in the CHL.
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