Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Prepare For Match Against Southern Oregon

The Oklahoma City Blazers get set to take on another team from the Northwest Division on Sunday afternoon, after defeating the Idaho Steelheads on Saturday. The Steelheads are currently tied for first place in their division with the Southern Oregon Spartans, whom Oklahoma City faces on Sunday.

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Tale of the Tape
Oklahoma City Blazers Southern Oregon Spartans
18-2-0 Record 22-3-2
0.900 PTs % 0.852
3rd Overall 5th
8-2-0 Last 10 9-1-0
26.9% (4th) PP % 25.4% (7th)
93.7% (1st) PK % 85.1% (10th)

News and Notes
-Sunday will be the first-ever game between Oklahoma City and Southern Oregon. The Spartans joined the Western States Hockey League in 2012 from the NPHL.

-The Blazers Penalty Kill has been among the top of the league for the length of the season so far. The Blazers went 2-f0r-2 on Saturday against Idaho. Adding Saturday’s game, Oklahoma City has only allowed 3 PP goals on 50 attempts in their last 11 games (94.0%).

-Southern Oregon has kept pace with Idaho in the Northwest Division standings as the season has progressed. The Spartans and Steelheads have yet to play each other this season.

-The Blazers sit in second place in the Midwest Division, 9 points behind the El Paso Rhinos. Oklahoma City holds eight games in hand over the Rhinos.

-Oklahoma City is 16-0 when holding their opponents to 3 goals or less. OKC is 2-2 when allowing 4 goals or more.

-The Blazers have made a few roster changes over the last few weeks, bolstering their defensive core. In addition to swapping defensemen and acquiring Tulsa captain Luke Novack from the Oilers, Oklahoma City signed defenseman Connor Dunn this week. Dunn began this season with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Last season, Dunn was a part of the WSHL’s Missoula Maulers.

Players to Watch

Oklahoma City
-Ivan Bondarenko opened the scoring for Oklahoma City on Saturday, scoring just 15 seconds into the contest. With the shutout, Bondarenko’s goal held to be the game-winning goal, his first of the season.

-After assisting on a power play goal on Saturday, Kirill Romanov is now only two assists away from achieving 100 career assists with the Blazers. The franchise all-time leader in points, Romanov sits with 186 points through 111 games played.

-Tomas Rubes’ goal on Saturday keeps him atop the Blazers scoring list. He now has 31 points on the season in 20 games played.

-Drennen Atherton earned his third shutout of the season Saturday against Idaho. In his last three games, Atherton is 3-0-0 with a 1.41 Goals Against Average and .966 Saves Percentage.

Southern Oregon
-Chris Seto is the WSHL’s leading scorer this season. Seto has scored 42 goals and 30 assists on the season, for a total of 72 points and averaging 2.67 points per game.

-Goaltender Mark Vlahovic (14-2-1) has played the bulk of the season in net for Southern Oregon. Vlahovic is 8-0-0 through his last eight starts.

The puck drops at 4:45p Central time from the Las Vegas Ice Center. The Shootout features a unique format as teams faceoff in a two-period game with 25-minute periods. You can catch all of the action from the Shootout on WSHL TV.