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TULSA, OK — The Tulsa Oilers bounced back against the Wichita Thunder to remain 9-0-0 on home ice and atop the ECHL standings. Two third period goals helped the Oilers defeat their division rivals 3-1 on Saturday at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Wichita opened the scoring for the second consecutive night when defenseman Nick Trecapelli buried a one-timer on the power play. Trecapelli’s opening goal was assisted by James Melindy and Matt Deblouw.
Axel Blomqvist scored his second of the season 8:19 into the second period to tie the game. Danick Paquette and Danick Gauthier had the assists. The assist was Gauthier’s first point as an Oiler.
The Oilers took their first lead of the night 12:15 into the final period. Defenseman Tyson Wilson scored his first career goal on a net-mouth scramble to make the game 2-1. Pleskach and Brown assisted Wilson’s goal. Emerson Clark, who rallied the Oilers’ crowd with a huge third period fight, put the game away with a beautiful backhand goal with just under five minutes remaining. Ben Murphy and Shawn Bates picked up the helpers on Clark’s sixth of the season.
The Oilers’ victory gives them a 2-1 lead in the Stone Wolf Casino Cup Series. Tulsa and Wichita will play each other 11 more times this season.
The Oilers will have the rest of the weekend off before returning to the BOK Center on Wednesday, November 16 to face the Rapid City Rush at 7:05 p.m.
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TULSA, OK — A late-game comeback wasn’t meant to be as the Wichita Thunder beat the first-place Tulsa Oilers 5-3 on Friday night in Wichita, Kansas.
Wichita’s Mitch Holmberg opened the scoring with a top shelf goal from the top of the circles. Holmberg’s four-on-four goal came at 16:45 in the first period and was assisted by Logan Nelson and Nick Trecapelli. Adam Pleskach would score his seventh goal of the season just over a minute later after he batted a loose puck into the net. Ben Murphy and Tyson Wilson assisted Pleskach’s team-leading seventh goal.
Holmberg scored his second goal of the game to give the Thunder a one-goal lead 4:30 into the second period. Alexis Loiseau and Blake Tactchell assisted the goal.
Wichita’s Loiseau would extend the Thunder’s lead at the 8:04 mark when he scored his fourth of the season. Nick Trecapelli gave the Thunder their biggest lead of the night at the 13:44 mark. Holmberg and DeBlouw had the assists. Adam Pleskach scored his eight goal of the season and his second of the game at 15:48 in the third period. His shorthanded goal was unassisted and cut Wichita’s lead to just two. Shawn Bates would score another shorthanded goal seconds later to bring the game within one. Losieau would put the game out of reach when he found his way on to the score sheet again with just 1:31 remaining.
Tulsa and Wichita will rematch on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the BOK Center. Saturday’s game will be the third of 14 this season. The team with the best record will take home the Stone Wolf Casino Cup.