The Oilers traveled to Indianapolis, IN for the first time this season for a re-match of the Oilers home opener last week, which saw the Oilers rout the Fuel 6-1.

From all appearances another Oiler rout appeared to be underway. Scoring was opened just 41 seconds into the match when Christoph LaLancette ripped a wrist shot from the top of the right circle on an odd-man break to give the Oilers the early lead. At the end of the first period, the score would remain 1-0.

At 4:13 of the second, winger Danick Paquette took a pass from team captain Nolan Julseth-White, deked around a Fuel defender and tucked a nifty backhander top shelf on the glove side of Hildebrand to make it 2-0.

In what appeared to be an injured Fuel player falling to the ice near the blue line and giving up the puck (it also appeared that an Oiler player delivered a high stick to this player but the referee did not see it), Phil Brewer picked up the puck, skated in on Hildebrand and tucked it past him at 6:10 of the second period to give the Oilers a 3-0 lead going into the final frame.

Indy finally got on the scoreboard with 12:38 remaining in the third period on a power play when Marek Tverdon wristed a shot from the left circle. Phillips stopped the initial shot, but the rebound squirted out in front of him and Tverdon gathered his own rebound to cut the lead to 2.

Indy would cut the lead to 1 when Patrick D'Amico took a nifty centering feed from below the goal line to the bottom of the right circle and he snapped a wrister home to cut the lead to one. The primary assist came from Martin Bellus.

The Oilers were able to keep the Fuel off the board for the remainder of the game while still applying some offensive pressure. However it did seem like they let off the throttle in the third. That's been a bit of a habit I hope Coach Christie addresses. It nearly cost them the game tonight as well as Tuesday.

Jamie Phillips stopped 34 of 36 shots tonight, which earned him 1st star of the game honors. He is now 6-0-0-0 on the season, best record for a netminder in the ECHL sofar.

This is the best start the Oilers have gotten off to in the modern Tulsa hockey era. The Oilers travel to Moline IL tomorrow to face the Quad City Mallards.


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