WICHITA, KS — As rare as it is to report on a win by the Tulsa Oilers these days, it’s good to document a hard fought overtime victory even though it has little meaning other than for pride’s sake.
Garrett Ladd provided the overtime goal on Tuesday night that handed the Oilers a win to complete the road side of the 2016-17 ECHL regular season, breaking the one-all stalemate his team and the Wichita Thunder needed longer than the prescribed 60 minutes to grind out.
Ladd broke free on a breakaway and scored 1:05 into overtime to snap Tulsa’s 10-game winless skid. Maxime St-Cyr thought he scored early in the final stanza and referee Mike Sheehan clearly and vigorously indicated a goal, but a replay shown in the arena, caused the linesman and referee to change their call to “no goal.” Replay showed the puck squarely hitting the post and doing so with such force that the net popped.
The other Tulsa goal was provided by Shawn Bates in the opening frame. Bates picked off a Wichita clearing attempt and fired a shot past Thunder goaltender Scott Greenham 3:47 into the game.
The Thunder spoiled Tulsa goalie Jonah Imoo’s shutout bid by answering Bates’ goal nine minutes later when David Friedmann jumped on an Oilers turnover at the blue line and raced in on a break, beating Imoo and tying the game.
On Saturday night the Oilers lost to the Allen Americans 3-2 in Allen. In brief, the Oilers did put up a good fight against the defending Kelly Cup champs, outshooting them 42-18, but could not stop the Americans at home.
Dmitri Ognev and Dylan Hubbs scored for the Oilers, with Ognev recording a goal and an assist, his first career multi-point game in the loss.
Bryan Moore scored a pair of goals and Tyler Barnes added another to give the Americans their thirteenth straight victory.
Tulsa returns home on Friday and Saturday night to face the Americans and Thunder again to close out the regular season.