Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Weekend Preview: Blazers vs. Tulsa

The wait is finally over as the Oklahoma City Blazers begin their eagerly awaited home schedule this weekend at the Blazers Ice Centre. In town this weekend are the Blazers’ I-44 Turnpike rivals, the Tulsa Oilers.

The Blazers currently sit in fourth place in the Midwest Division, two points behind the Oilers in third place. The Blazers have only played half as many games as Tulsa however, with OKC playing six games so far, compared to Tulsa’s 12.

Oklahoma City has started the season on a 6-0-0 run, sweeping both the Dallas Snipers and Wichita Thunder in previous weeks. Tulsa sits with a 7-5-0 record after being swept by the division-leading Springfield Express last weekend.

Last season, the Blazers took the season series between the two teams, winning 8 out of 9 meetings against the Oilers. Tulsa’s lone win last season came with now-current-Blazers goaltender Phil Babb in net.

Tulsa is led in scoring by August Veidenbaums and Bogdan Shleev with 20 points apiece. Behind them is forward Conor Dempsey, whom the Oilers acquired from the Colorado Eagles earlier this season. Dempsey has 14 points in 9 games with Tulsa, and 17 points on the season. in net, the Oilers have rotated four goalies throughout the early part of the season. Henrik Kaspersen has taken the bulk of the starts so far, earning a 3-4-0 record.

The Blazers are led in scoring by Tomas Rubes with 11 points in the early days of the season. Behind him is another returning Blazers forward, Kirill Romanov has 10 points so far. Oklahoma City currently has 12 players scoring at a point-per-game pace or higher. In net, the Blazers have rotated Drennen Atherton, Phil Babb, and Brock Thompson. All three are currently sitting with a 3.00 or less Goals Against Average.

During the off-weekend, the Blazers loaned forwards Jaroslav Vasicek and Viliam Seliga to their NCPHL affiliate, the Rochester Rebels. In two games last weekend, Vasicek picked up a hat trick and two assists, while Seliga added a pair of goals and assists of his own.

The home opener is this Friday, November 4th with the puck dropping at 7:30p. Saturday and Sunday, the puck drops at 6:00p. Tickets are available at the Blazers Ice Centre box office one hour prior to puck drop. You can also contact the office at 405-601-6489 for more information. All weekend, you can also enter to win an all-inclusive trip for two to Los Cabos, Mexico.

If you are unable to make it to the game, be sure to catch the game online on WSHL TV.

We hope to see you at the Blazers Ice Centre this weekend! LET’S GO BLAZERS!