Carino Cup Time: The Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder square off for the ninth time this season, in the Johnny Carino's Challenge Cup Series.
Records: Oilers are 20-21-7 with 47 points in fourth place in the Northeast Division. Wichita is 22-21-7 with 51 points in first place in the Northwest Division.
Recent Action: The Oilers are coming off a 9-1 loss in Colorado on Wednesday. Wichita lost in a shootout 3-2 to Youngstown on Wednesday.
Season Series: These teams have each won four times in the Johnny Carino's Challenge Cup Series. The Oilers won the most recent contest, 4-3 in a shootout on February 11th. Jared Dumba scored with 1:32 left in regulation time. Dumba then scored on the first attempt in the shootout and that held up as the game winner. That is the only game that has gone to overtime between the two teams, giving the Oilers a 4-4-0 record in the head to head series and Wichita is 4-3-1.
Welcome Back: Center Bryan LaChapelle returns to the Oilers line up tonight, for the first time since suffering a broken toe against Oklahoma City on January 30th. With his return to the line-up, the Oilers have moved defenseman Chris Barth to the 45 day injured reserve list (retroactive to Feb. 13) and moved center Brent McMann to the season ending injured reserve list.
Welcome To Tulsa: Tonight will be the first home game for Oilers defenseman Philippe Seguin, acquired February 12th from Laredo. Seguin joined the Oilers for the recently concluded three game road trip. It's also a welcome back to defenseman Rico Fatticci who is playing in his first home game since January 26th. He also came off injured reserve and played all three games on the recent road trip.
Shootout Mania: While only one of the eight games between these two teams has gone to a shootout, Wichita has had 20 percent of its games (10 of 50) decided by shootout. The Thunder has a 3-7 record in shootouts. The Oilers are 4-3 in shootouts.
Next Up: The Oilers continue a three game homestand tomorrow when they host the Oklahoma City Blazers at 7:35 p.m. It will be Oklahoma Lottery night. Fans can also get their picture taken with their favorite Oiler player, courtesy of Pictures Plus Photos. Following the game, the Oilers third jerseys will be auctioned in a live auction.
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