Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Weekend Preview: Blazers and Express Open Season Series

The Oklahoma City Blazers and the Springfield Express meet this weekend at the Blazers Ice Centre for the first in the 2016-17 season. The last time these two teams met, it was Oklahoma City eliminating the Express in the Division Finals of last season’s Thorne Cup playoffs.

The Express travel to OKC after defeating the El Paso Rhinos last weekend, taking two of three games in their series. Springfield became the first team to defeat the Rhinos this season. Linus Dahlberg leads the Express in points, scoring 20 in 15 games this season. Gael Lubwele sits right behind him with 19 points in 14 games.

The Express have been mainly back stopped by goaltender Bailey Stephens this season. Stephens is 9-3-0 on the season with a 2.07 Goals Against Average and a .941 Saves Percentage. Stephens has won 8 of his last 9 starts.

Oklahoma City is led by Tomas Rubes and Victor Ekk in points with 24 and 22, respectively. Defenseman Drake Johnson is fifth on the Blazers in points, with 15.

The Blazers trio of goaltenders is currently led by Drennen Atherton. Atherton is 5-0-0 on the season with a 1.60 GAA and .942 SV%.

Oklahoma City is one of two teams left in the Western States Hockey League, along with the Ogden Mustangs. Both the Blazers and the Express are currently tied for second in the Midwest Division, and will look to break ahead of the other as they pursue the El Paso Rhinos in first.

The puck drops at 7:30p on Friday, with the game presented by Smashburger. Saturday, the puck drops at 5:00p and will feature a post-game skate with the team. The event is included with the price of admission, skates will be available for rental. Sunday, the series concludes at 2:30p. Season Seat Holder are invited to bring along a guest for no charge.

All weekend, enter to win a Night Out With the Blazers! Enjoy food, fun, and games with Head Coach Tyler Fleck, Vice President Brian Chandler, and two of your favorite Blazers players, presented by The Melting Pot, Dave & Busters, and Backstage Limo!

Tickets for this weekend can be picked up at the Blazers Ice Centre box office, or by calling 405-601-6489.

Let’s Go Blazers!