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WICHITA, KS — Three first period goals and three-point performances from DarikAngeli and Christophe Lalancette helped the Oilers defeat the Wichita Thunder 4-3 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas Wednesday night.
Tulsa dominated the opening frame from start to finish. Forward Shawn Batesopened the scoring 8:30 into the game after Chris Joyaux’s forecheck forced a Thunder turnover. Bates snuck a shot under Greenham’s pads from the lip of the crease to give the Oilers a lead they would never relinquish. Oilers’ forward Darik Angeli scored just a few minutes later when he and Adam Pleskach found themselves on a two-on-zero. Pleskach carried the puck behind the Thunder defense before sliding a last-second pass to Angeli, who put the puck in the back of the net. Lalancette picked up the second assist. Pleskach, Angeli and Lalancette’s line would find the back of the net again at the 17:04 mark of the period, when Lalancette banked the puck off a Wichita player’s skate and past Greenham. Defenseman Tyson Wilson and Pleskach picked up the helpers.
Wichita’s Gabriel Gagne scored the only goal in the period when he back-handed a loose puck through Phillips’ five hole. Gagne’s goal came on the power play and was assisted by Landon Oslanski and Alexis Losieau.
Angeli would grab the momentum early in the third period when he scored his second goal of the game just 24 seconds into the final frame. Angeli buried a rebound created by defenseman Wes Cunningham seconds after Angeli’s initial attempt was waved off. Lalancette had the second assist. Wichita wouldn’t go away easily as Loiseau scored his 11th goal of the season 16:30 into the third period. Thunder forward Blake Tatchell scored just over a minute later to bring the game down to the wire, but Wichita’s comeback effort would not be enough to defeat the Oilers.
Tulsa’s victory gives them a 3-1 lead in the Stone Wolf Casino Cup series. The Thunder and Oilers will play 10 more times before the season’s end and twice more before the end of the week. The Oilers will have Thanksgiving off before returning to Intrust Bank Arena Friday for a rematch against the Thunder. Both teams will then travel to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a Saturday matchup. Both Friday and Saturday’s game will start at 7:05 p.m.
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TULSA, OK – The Allen Americans came back to defeat the Tulsa Oilers 4-3 in overtime Sunday in a physical second meeting of the season between the two Western Conference rivals at the BOK Center.
Tulsa Oilers VS Allen Americans, BOK Center November 20, 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo / TeeJay Crawford
Garrett Ladd broke a scoreless tie 6:42 into the game when he stole the puck from a Allen defenseman and ripped a shot past goaltender Riley Gill as he was being checked. Tulsa made it 2-0, when Danick Gauthier picked the pocket of another Americans defender and beat Gill with a backhander on a breakaway for his first Oilers goal. Jamie Phillips stopped all 17 Allen shots in the opening frame.
The Americans cut Tulsa’s lead in half when Chad Costello converted on a rebound attempt off of a transition rush at 6:58 of the second period. Tulsa appeared to have scored a power play goal shortly after to open its lead back up to two, but the goal was taken off the board as the net was ruled off before the puck crossed the goal line after a lengthy deliberation. On a separate Oilers power play late in the stanza, Dyson Stevenson tied the game short-handed for the Americans when he threw a shot off of Phillips and into the net.
Defenseman Dennis Brown put the Oilers back in front early in the third period when he followed up a 2-on-1 rush and fired the rebound in from the slot for his first goal of the season. But again, Allen had an answer. Travis Brown centered a pass from the left wing off of Jake Marchment’s skate and in to tie the score at 3-3 and force overtime.
In the extra period, Eric Roy was left alone on an Allen rush and snapped the game-winner over Phillips’ blocker into the top corner to give the Americans the comeback win.
Next week, the Oilers travel to Wichita for two games Wednesday and Friday nights sandwiching Thanksgiving. Both games at INTRUST Bank Arena are 7:05pm scheduled starts and can be heard on www.tulsaoilers.com or ECHL.TV, with coverage beginning at 6:50pm. Then, Tulsa returns home to face the Thunder Saturday at 7:05pm at the BOK Center. The Oilers will wear special Winnipeg Jets Affiliation themed jerseys which will be auctioned off after the game.