Oilers make playoffs

The Oilers have clinched a spot in the ECHL playoffs with their two wins over Wichita and their overtime loss to Quad City this past week, taking the fourth and final seed in the Central Division.

In December it seemed that the Oilers’ season was going to take a turn for the worst. They dropped six in a row before the New Year and were bouncing around a .500 record throughout the months of January and February.

Come March, though, they had won five in a row and found the momentum that is now carrying them into the playoffs.

The Oilers haven’t brought a championship to Tulsa since 1993 when they were still a part of the Central Hockey League. The Central Hockey League disbanded during the 2014 season and the teams were then accepted into the East Coast Hockey League.

The team is led by the Saskatchewan native Nathan Lutz. The 36-year-old captain will be looking to make a trip to the championship since his age dwarfs the number of chances he has left to win it all.

Oilers’ goalie, Kevin Carr, really hit his stride mid-season when he had to step up for the previous goalie that left the team.

The Oilers, as the fourth seed, will play the Allen Americans who have given them trouble all season long. It will be interesting to see how they react when they face them again.

The series against the Americans starts on Tuesday, and the Oilers will host their first playoff game of 2015 on Friday night, so come on out and support your Oilers!

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