Tulsa Oilers still have a chance at making the playoffs

It’s been a streak-filled final few weeks of the East Coast Hockey League season for the Tulsa Oilers as the team suffered a seven-game losing streak (Feb. 23 – March 11), then won four games in a row, before losing another five in a row. Last Saturday night, the Oilers broke the most recent streak with a 3-2 win at Evansville, which kept the team’s playoff hopes alive going into this final week of the season.

Adam Pleskach scored a pair of goals and Phil Brewer picked up the third one for the Oilers, as the Icemen were playing in the Ford Center in Evansville for the final time. The team will not play next season, while preparing to move into an arena in Owensboro, Kentucky, for the 2017-2018 ECHL season.

The night before, a pair of Oilers rookies, just out of college in the past couple weeks, scored their first professional goals in the game at Quad City. Ben Murphy, fresh out of Bowling Green State University, scored his first goal in his fifth game with the Oilers. It came at 8:36 into the second period. Eric Drapluk, a product of Lake Superior State University, scored his first pro goal in his ninth game with Tulsa. His goal came at 17:42 of the third period. The Oilers lost that night, 5-3.

As of this writing, Tulsa is still in the playoff hunt with road games ahead at Missouri and Wichita (April 5-6). Tulsa is in ninth place, three points behind Quad City for the last playoff spot, and each team has four games remaining. If Quad City losses three of their last four games, and if Tulsa wins three of their last four, the Oilers would make the playoffs. If Quad City wins two of four games, Tulsa would have to win all four games to jump ahead of the Mallards.

The Oilers wrap up the ECHL regular season schedule this weekend with a road game at Wichita on Friday night, and they’ll host Wichita Saturday night for the final game of the season. Saturday’s game begins at 7:05 p.m. at the BOK Center.

ORU VS. CANCER

The Oral Roberts University baseball team spent the month of March raising funds for the Vs. Cancer Foundation and successfully raised over four thousand dollars. All of the proceeds of the fundraiser are going to help beat Childhood Cancer with 50-percent going to CureSearch and 50-percent staying local at the St. Francis Children’s Hospital Oncology Department.

Following the teams’ doubleheader sweep of IPFW on March 26, members of the team as well as head coach Ryan Folmar shaved their heads to show support for the initiative. The Vs. Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving kids’ lives by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts. For more information about the organization, visit www.vs-cancer.org.

The Golden Eagles are on the road this weekend at Western Illinois and will play in Stillwater, against Oklahoma State on April 12 at 6 p.m.

EMEGANO ALL-ACADEMIC

Not only is he a great player on the court, but he’s also good in the classroom, as ORU Senior guard Obi Emegano was selected to the 2015-16 Summit League Academic All-League Team as voted by the faculty athletic representatives and sports information directors of the league’s nine member institutions. Student-athletes were chosen for the honor based on their academic and athletic performances this season.

Emegano, who has a 3.34 GPA as a psychology (undergrad) and Christian counseling (grad) major, led The Summit League in scoring at 23.1 points per game and was a first team all-league selection. He had a league-high four 30-point games and 21 20-point games. Emegano scored a career-high 38 points at Fort Wayne and hit the game-winning shot against Tulsa with two seconds remaining on the clock.