Tulsa Oilers Ready to Open
The Tulsa Oilers new division equates to more games against their biggest rivals for the 2005-2006 ice hockey season. Playing a total of 31 games in the re-vamped Northwest Division the Oilers will face Wichita 12 times, Oklahoma City 11 times and Colorado eight times.
The Oilers, one of the original teams in the Central Hockey League, will also welcome the newest team, Youngstown SteelHounds, to the CHL in Tulsa’s and the home opener on the league’s opening night of October 21st.
With a total of 64 games on the schedule for this season, the Oilers will play virtually every team in the Central Hockey League this season excluding Rio Grande Valley and Laredo. Meanwhile Tulsa will get a crack at Odessa, a team they didn’t play in 2004-2005.
As is becoming a tradition, the Oilers will travel down the turnpike on Christmas Day to face the Oklahoma City Blazers in one of five trips Tulsa will take to OKC this season. The Oilers and the Thunder will split their 12 games, six home and six away; the defending champs, the Colorado Eagles, will visit Tulsa three of eight meetings between the two teams. One tell-tale stretch for the Oilers will be from November 18th to that Christmas game when Tulsa plays 15 of 16 games in their division.
This season, the Oilers will include four Sunday matinee games, with start times scheduled for 2:00 pm.
Upcoming Home Schedule
Oct. 21Youngstown7:35 PM
Oct. 28Amarillo7:35 PM