Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Round One...Oilers vs. Canucks

The first round of this years playoffs begin this Saturday at home against the Calgary Canucks.
The complete dates are;
Saturday, March 1 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 2 at 1:30 at the Okotoks Centennial Arena. We then go to the Max Bell Arena and play games 3 and 4 on Tuesday, March 4th and if necessary, Wednesday March 5th. If the series goes 5 games, the deciding game will be played in Okotoks on Friday, March 7th.

Lets get out there and cheer our OILERS to a first round victory.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Season ending tie

The Okotoks Oilers played game 62 of the season on Sunday afternoon and came out with a 2-2 tie with the Drumheller Dragons.
The first game star was Braley Torris who had 50 shots and saved the game on a number of different occasions throughout the game. The Oilers had plenty of shots also (41) and the game could have gone either way.
The OT periods were most exciting, as both teams went up and down the ice and caused both goaltenders to make some great saves. The second overtime saw both teams being awarded a penalty shot due to penalties, but failed to score. A great crowd of 1163 saw an entertaining game and are looking forward to the playoffs that start at home on Saturday, March1.

Camrose goes down to defeat

After losing a heartbreaker in Camrose on Thursday night in Camrose 3-2, the Oilers will happily settle for second in the division.

A season high 1216 fans that showed up at the Okotoks Centennial Arena on Saturday night saw our beloved Oilers take down the Camrose Kodiaks 3-2 on a Chris Duszynski goal with just 38 seconds remaining in regulation time.
Spotting the Kodiaks a 2-0 lead, the Oilers kept pouring on the pressure and managed to tie the game on the PP from Dan Conacher early in the third. What looked like a game going into overtime, the crowd rose to their feet when Chris won the game on a feed from Kyle Schussler.

The Okotoks Oilers finish the regular season on Sunday afternoon against the Drumheller Dragons, then the real season starts on March 1st. Opponent still to be decided.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Royals give our boys a tough time

So today is Family Day in Alberta. Happy Family Day. And by looking at the people in attendance to the Oilers/Royals game this evening, families were everywhere. A season high 1180 spectators saw the pesty Royals take our Oilers right to the end, and with just a minute or two left in the second overtime, Elliot Sheen put the puck in the net and we came out on the 4-3 winning side of the scoreboard.
Even though the Royals did not have alot of shots during the game, they made the best of them. We were down 3-1 going into the second, when Curtis Leinweber scored a pair midway through the period to bring the game into overtime.

With Elaine and I being away on vacation, and just arriving back on Saturday night, it sure was nice to get back into the "cheering" mode. With 3 games left to play in the regular season, It looks like it might be the Canucks and the Oilers in the first round??? We will know by weeks end then bring on the REAL season.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Missing a few games . urggg!!!!!

So after our exciting second win over the Camrose Kodiaks on Tuesday night, we will be missing a few games due to a vacation cruising to Mexico. We will miss the Saturday game against the Drayton Valley Thunder and the following Saturday against Olds.
Between those two home games, the Oilers play 3 away games. I am sure the Oilers will cross our minds a few times while we sip on margaritas, but then again, maybe not :)
If we can hold our own and stay close with first place Camrose, we could have an interesting finish to the season.

Will contine with this Oilers Blog on our return. Look for new entries around Feb 17.

Oilers tame the Kodiaks once again

Who would have thought !!! If you are a diehard Oilers fan, you may have thought we had a chance to win this game. If not...then your totally surprised. The Oilers downed the Camrose team 4-3 on Tuesday night in a hard fought, hard hitting match that saw our top goal scored Carter Madsen go down with a shoulder injury.
Even without Carter, the Oilers sucked it up and gave their grittiest performance yet. Leading 1-0 after the first, and no scoring in the second, it left us all anxiously waiting the third. Camrose tied the score at the 6 minute mark, followed a minute later by David Civitrease's first of 2. Camrose once again tied it up on the PP a couple of minutes later. With David getting his second goal of the game with 8 minutes to play, it was starting to look like the game was going our way, but with Camrose tying it up a minute later, the seesaw battle continued until Derek Rodwell scores with 5 minutes left to play.
A period full of emotion with so many ups and downs, and this is still only regular season. Goes to show you how important this game was for the fans also. Now is first place for the taking??? Time will tell.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Stats, standings and stuff !!

Here's some numbers for Oilers fans;

We are;
second in the league on the power play
second in the league on penalty killing

We have;
three players in the top twenty in scoring
(Elliot Sheen at #8, David Civitarese at #18 and Carter Madsen at #20)

Carter is on a 3 game scoring streak, Elliot is on a 7 game assist streak and David is on a 17 game point streak.

Brad Eisness has the best goals against average in the league at 1.93.

We have the second most points in the league at 82. We are only 5 points behind the Camrose Kodiaks.

We are the second highest scoring team in the league. (Right behind the Fort McMurray Oil Barons).

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Bandits go down to a tired Oilers team.

Saturday night saw a tired Oilers team squeak the second win of a home and home series against the Brooks Bandits. The 4-3 win in double overtime was a hard fought contest where the Bandits were the better team on occasions. The teams were tied 1-1 after the first where the Oilers had their best period of the night.
The second period saw Brooks take it to us for most of the period, but the Oilers were fortunate to come out with a 3-3 tie. For about 3/4 of the third period, Brooks did everything except score. The Oilers showed they are playing their third game in 3 nights as the were outworked and outmuscled to the puck. They did wake up for the last 3 or 4 minutes and put pressure on the Bandits, but the period ended at the same score of the second 3-3.
The first overtime was mostly Oilers and the pressure caused the Bandits to take a penalty at the end of the extra 5 minutes. In the second overtime, the Oilers had a 4-3 man advantage and after a minute of powerplay pressure, Curtis Leinweber netted the winner.
It was a hard fought game, but they say good teams find ways of winning, and the Oilers found that little extra drive to come out victorious.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Oilers shutout the Bandits

After posting a 9-0 win last night over the Canmore Eagles, the Oilers went South to Brooks where they blanked the Bandits 5-0 on Friday night. Highlights of the game included Brad Eisness getting the shutout and David Civitrese getting one assist to extend his point streak to 16 games.

The second period was the Bandits downfall as the Oilers score 3 times. All in all, the Oilers were 4 for 5 on the PP.

The return match and Okotoks 3rd game in 3 nights goes Saturday night.

Oilers on a roll, sink the Eagles

The rescheduled game with Canmore from a few weeks ago was played last night, and while the Oilers showed up to play, the Canmore Eagles didn't. Sure, they were there in body, they went through the motions, but were no match for the overpowering Okotoks team as they went down to defeat 9-0.
Braely Torris gets the shutout, while the Sheen,Madsen,Civitrese line proves it is one of the best in the league. The entire team is playing so good now, that you have to think they have a chance to make a run for the championship this season.
Shots on goal were tied at 31 apiece, and the game wasn't as loopsided as the score would indicate. We had the goaltending and the Eagles didn't, along with poor defensive play from Canmore and uninspired play. Maybe it was all the regulars out of their lineup due to a number of reasons, but the Oilers were full value for the big win.
And with the Kodiaks losing their second straight game last night, the gap between them is closing. Could we catch them?.......mmmm time will tell..