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The Oilers faced the Ft Wayne Komets for the first time this season on Wednesday night fresh off Sunday's shutout win over Utah.
The Oilers struck first after most of the first period had been played when Phil Brewer wristed a shot from the left circle and the puck found its way between the body and arm of Komet netminder Eric Hartzell with just 43 seconds remaining in the opening period.
Jamie Schaafsma opened up the scoring for Fort Wayne in the second period during a five on three power play when he took a feed to the right of Jamie Phillips and with a nifty forehand/backhand deke roofed the puck to even the score.
Just about 20 seconds later, with time still left on the remaining power play, a Fort Wayne player hauled down Oiler forward Emerson Clark on what was a clear breakaway to the net. Referee Kenny Anderson awarded Clark the penalty shot, which he capitalized on to put the Oilers up 2-1.
On a great setup play in the Fort Wayune zone, Christoph Lalancette found forward Kale Kessy to Hartzell's left where Kessy buried the puck to give the Oilers a 3-1 lead.with 9:02 remaining in the period.
The Komets struck back with 4:39 to go in the second, yet again on the power play when Gabriel Desjardins fed a nifty pass cross crease to Sean Sydlowski for an easy tally to close the Komet deficiit to one.
It appeared the Oilers were headed to their eighth win in as many home games until Emerson Clark was called for interference with just 1:29 remaining in the third. This allowed a 6 on 4 with the extra attacker for Fort Wayne, which they capitalized on when Garrett Thompson shot the puck at the Oiler net. Kyle Thomas was there to collect the rebound and put it past a sprawling Phillips to tie the game with just 25 seconds remaining in regulation.
In the extra frame, Fort Wayen's Trevor Cheek was called for holding at 1:11, giving the Oilers the 4 on 3 advantage. Dan Desalvo would finally end the game, when Emerson Clark fed him a cross ice pass which DeSalvo one-timed off the crossbar and into the net, giving the Oilers the win and their eighth straight home win to remain unbeaten at home. The Oilers are atop the league with 20 points on 12 games played.
Tulsa travels to Wichita Friday night to play the Thunder, then turn around Saturday night and play that same Wichita team at the BOK Center. Game time both nights is at 7:05pm CT.