Tulsa Oilers Weekly
Week In Review: The Oilers six-game home stand continued with a Tuesday tilt against Dayton and a Friday face off with Evansville. Tulsa fell behind the Gems early but ripped off four-straight goals on the way to a 4-2 victory in the one and only meeting of the season with Dayton. The Oilers, who went 2-4 on the powerplay, directed 32 shots at the Dayton net while Steve Christie made 26 saves for his third win of the season.
Friday, the Icemen and Oilers locked up for the second time in six days. Evansville took a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Tulsa powerplay came to life in the middle frame. Mike Ullrich and Dylan Clarke scored goals on the man advantage to level the game heading into the third. In the final period, Evansville forward Todd Robinson one-timed a rebound off the end boards past Christie to put the Icemen on top for good. With the 4-2 defeat, the Oilers closed the season series against Evansville with a 0-2-1 mark.
A Boost For The Bench: Bruce Ramsay's lineup was nowhere near full-strength this week thanks to a string of injuries and a suspension. Tulsa triumphed over Dayton with only 13 skaters on the bench, and took the ice against Evansville with only 14 skaters. The Oilers blue line was bolstered by the signing of 21-year old Matt Ridley who played his first game as an Oiler on Friday. Ridley arrives in Tulsa after playing 40 games this season for the Mississippi Surge of the SPHL. The 6'3", 230 pound defenseman played three seasons of junior hockey in the BCHL and recorded four goals, 12 assists, and 95 penalty minutes in his time with the Surge. Ridley, a Kelowna, British Columbia native, is the son of Mike Ridley who played for four teams during a 12-year NHL career. Veteran center Marty Standish, who was suspended by the league for two-games, will return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against Fort Wayne.
Opponents Sit, Oilers Score: Over the last three games, the Oilers powerplay has come to life with 6 goals on 15 opportunities. Tulsa scored a pair of powerplay goals in each of the last three contests, going 2-1 in that stretch. Rookie forwards Mike Ullrich and Dylan Clarke, who are tied for the team lead with seven powerplay goals, each scored on the man advantage in Friday's bout with Evansville. So far this season, the Oilers powerplay has done most of its damage at the BOK Center where 27 of the 41 total powerplay goals have been scored. Tulsa's powerplay is slowly climbing up the CHL rankings, and now stands as the eighth best powerplay in the league.
A Lot From A Little: Through 48 games played, the Oilers have fewer shots on goal than any team in the CHL, but the low shot total doesn't mean the Oilers are near the bottom of the league in scoring. Tulsa ranks eighth in goals (159) and second in the CHL in shooting percentage (.112). Only Wichita (.118) sees a higher percentage of shots go in the net than the Oilers.
Upcoming Games: The Oilers have a busy week ahead as they square off with Fort Wayne on Tuesday before a three-game weekend series against Texas.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:05 p.m. vs Fort Wayne Komets - The Komets come into the BOK Center for the third and final matchup of the season with the Oilers. The two clubs split a pair of games in January in Fort Wayne. It's another Papa John's College night at the arena, plus beer and soda are just $2 all night long.
Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:35 p.m. vs. Texas Brahmas - It's the first of three-game weekend series with the Brahmas as the Oilers will head to Fort Worth for Saturday and Sunday's contests. Tulsa boasts a 4-1 record against the Brahmas this season, but Texas holds a nine-point lead over the Oilers for third place in the Berry Conference. Since its Friday, that means it's ladies night at the BOK Center with discounts and special perks for female Oilers fans.
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