INDIANAPOLIS, IN — In the modern era of the Tulsa Oilers, which dates to 1964 when they joined the original Central Hockey League, the Tulsa Oilers have NEVER started undefeated through six games. They’ve come close but they’ve never gone a perfect six in a row.
Until Friday night that is.
The Oilers traveled to the Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana for their second meeting of the season with the Indy Fuel, a team who visited the Oilers last Friday night and suffered a 6-1 drubbing in the BOK Center.
This Friday the score was a little closer, but the Oilers prevailed over an attempted comeback by the Fuel to hold on for a team-historic 3-2 win.
Christophe Lalancette continued the quick first goal trend Tulsa has set during their remarkable run, netting the first goal of the game unassisted before the first minute elapsed off the clock. Danick Paquette made it 2-0 Oilers before the five-minute mark passed in the second period with the help of team captain Nolan Julseth-White and almost exactly two minutes later Phil Brewer knocked home what would Tulsa’s final goal of the evening unassisted.
The only dark cloud over the Oilers performance was a bit of a letdown in the final frame of the contest that resulted in a potential Indy comeback. Marek Tvrdon ruined Tulsa goalie Jamie Phillips’ first shutout bid of the season with a power-play goal at 7:22 of the third, and Patrick D’Amico pulled Indy to within a goal in the 11th minute of the third to give the Fuel some hope. Unfortunately for the home team, Tulsa buckled down on defense and held on for the win.
In the end, Phillips turned away 34 of 36 Indy shots while Jake Hildebrand handled 29 of 32 Oilers shots. With the man advantage the Fuel went one for two on the power play while Tulsa was blanked on their lone power play opportunity.
A bit of research by Oilers media relations director John Peterson indicates that in the 52 seasons since 1964, which is in the original Central Hockey League that existed from that year until 1984, the Tulsa Oilers have never started with a perfect record through six games. They won five straight a total of three times, including the last time in the 2002-03 season when they were 5-0 to begin the season, and were halted on their first road trip to Bossier-Shreveport with a 5-3 loss to the now-defunct Mudbugs of the 1992-2014 Central Hockey League.
Friday night’s victory was also the 11th straight for the Oilers dating back to April 2nd of this year when they beat the now-defunct Evansville IceMen 3-2.
The Oilers travel next to Moline, Illinois on Saturday night in the hopes of continuing their remarkable, historic ride in their first meeting with the Quad City Mallards.