Oilers stumble in Texas

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX–After possibly the best offensive effort all season at home on Saturday night with a 7-3 victory against the Mississippi Riverkings, the Tulsa Oilers entered the NYTEX  Sports Center riding high and hoping to win two out of three games for the weekend.

Unfortunately, it was not to be.  The Oilers got off to a quick start with Jeff Gumaer lighting the lamp above Texas goalie Brett Jaeger barely two minutes into the contest assisted by Adam Bartholomay.  Tyler Sworchinski then scored a goal for the Brahmas at 8:50 of the 1st period, assisted by Jason Deitsch and Jordan Cameron.  Tulsa’s TJ Caig would score what would be the last goal for the Oilers at 12:45 assisted by Aaron Davis, but from then on it was all Texas.

The combination of Sworchinski, Deitsch and Cameron would tie the game at two to end the first period, and then goals by Ross Rouleau and and power play goal by Kevin McLeod would send the teams into the locker room at the end of the 2nd with the Brahmas on top 4-2  Add another power play goal by Jordan Cameron at 4:56 of the period and the game would end with the Oilers thoroughly beaten by the score of 5-2.

The defeat at the hands of the defending champions drops the Oilers to 20-17-2 on the season, still riding in the 5th and final playoff position in the CHL North Conference.  Tulsa was the only North team active this evening and the loss did not move them forward or make them lose ground within their conference.  

The Oilers return home to face the Wichita Thunder in a rescheduled make up game that was originally to be played on Christmas night and postponed by the snowstorm.  All tickets sold for that game will be honored and if fans are unable to attend that match they will also be honored at all remaining home games this season.

If you need to purchase tickets you can of course buy them at the amazing BOK Center box office, tulsaoilers.com, and all Reasors locations.