The Tulsa Oilers got the power play monkey off their back Saturday night at the BOK Center against the Wichita Thunder ..sort of.
The third straight game between these two rivalries looked like it, as both teams appeared a little gassed from games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Oilers made the most of the power play by tying the score late in the game with the extra attacker.
Wichita would open the scoring in the first period, when Alexis Loiseau took a stretch pass from teammate Matt DeBlouw behind the Oiler defense. Loiseua first pulled the puck forehand then deked it backhand through the five-hole of a sprawling Jamie Phillips.
The score would remain 1-0 Wichita until the final five minutes of the third period, when Wichita captain Ian Lowe went to the penalty box with just 6:32 remaining in regulation.
On the ensuing power play, the Oilers tied the game when, from the top of the right circle, Christoph LaLancette fired a wrister into a crowd, Adam Pleskach tipped the puck high and into the net with 5:03 remaining.
The final minutes of the final frame were just an exercise in keeping the puck away from the other team.
During the overtime period, both teams had several decent chances to end it, and at one point Wichita rung one off the post in the final minute of the five minute overtime, but the score remainined 1-1 at the end of the 3 on 3 period.
During the shootout, Jamie Phillips stopped all three Thunder shooters. Tulsa's Ben Murphy found the back of the net in round 2. Tulsa won the shootout 1-0 to end the game 2-1.
Tulsa is now 14-5-1-0 in the standings, which tops all ECHL teams in standings points with 29.
The Oilers remain home for their next game on Tuesday evening at the BOK Center. Puck drop is at 7:05pm CT.