DESOTO, MS.– What a difference a year makes.
Last season, the Oilers could take pride in the fact that their points total was the second best improvement in the CHL over the previous season and in the early part of the season the wins were abundant.
This season is a far different story. The Oilers haven’t won a game since October 16th and they haven’t notched a standings point since an overtime loss to Bloomington on October 23rd. After dropping a 4-2 decision to the Missouri Mavericks in a game that was delayed by the teams late arrival after their bus caught fire, the Oilers traveled to the DeSoto Convention Center to take on the Riverkings with the hopes that their luck would change.
Unfortunately, the Team from Mississippi had other ideas. Mike Beausoleil scored the Oilers only goal in the second period while four different Riverkings players would light the lamp behind goalie Ian Keserich, who was acquired last week off waivers from Wichita. In the first period, Russell Smith and Chris Richards scored, and in the 3rd period Matt Miller and Darrell Stoddard were the goal scorers.
There are clearly no answers for the Oilers who are in the midst of an 8 game losing streak, though officially that should read 7 outright losses and one overtime loss, which counts for their only standings point in the last 6 games. In addition to all the other woes the team hasn’t scored a power play goal since October 19th when they faced the Bossier Shreveport Mudbugs.
The Tulsa Oilers will soldier on with the road trip next weekend with a Friday night game in Loveland, Colorado against the Eagles who have beaten the Oilers twice so far by a combined score of 6-2 in two games. The team will then travel to Rapid City to face last year’s defending champions for the first time.
The next home game for the Oilers will be on November 18th against the Allen Americans at the BOK Center. The next night the Missouri Mavericks will face the Oilers in their first visit to Tulsa this season. Tickets for those games and all the Oilers home games are on sale at the BOK Center and at bokcenter.com