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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.
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WICHITA, KS – The Tulsa Oilers broke a 2-2 tie late in the third period to defeat the Wichita Thunder 4-2 on Friday at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita. It was the Oilers’ second straight win this week against the Thunder, setting up for Saturday’s third straight meeting, this time in Tulsa.
The teams skated through a scoreless first periods, as Tulsa held a slight 9-7 shots advantage. Colin Stevens stopped all seven Thunder shots in the frame, while Wichita goaltender Scott Greenham made nine saves.
Phil Brewer gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead one minute into the second period with his fifth goal of the season from right between the circles. 50 seconds later, Jessey Astles notched his first Oilers goal to make it 2-0 when he snuck behind the defense and slid a shot through the legs of Greenham. Wichita cut the lead in half, when Alexis Loiseau banked a shot off of Stevens and in on a Thunder power play.
Wichita tied the game with 7:59 to play in the third, when James Melindy fired a shot past Stevens from the right circle on another Thunder man-advantage. But Tulsa would take the lead for good, when Ben Murphy scored his first of the season on a 2-on-1 rush with 2:44 left in the game. Brewer, who had a three-point night for the Oilers, set up Murphy with the pass across the slot. Adam Pleskach added an empty-net goal in the final minute for his team-leading ninth goal to seal the 4-2 win.
Stevens stopped 25 shots for his first Oilers victory, as the Oilers moved to 13-5-1 on the season.
The Oilers and Thunder meet one more time this week tomorrow night at 7:05pm in Tulsa at the BOK Center. Tulsa will wear special Winnipeg Jets Affiliation Jerseys, which will be auctioned off after the game in the OneOK Club on the Concourse Level.