FORT WAYNE, IN – It just keeps getting worse for the Tulsa Oilers as the 2016-17 ECHL Regular Season draws to a close.
The Oilers traveled to the Hoosier State on Friday night to take on the Fort Wayne Komets and came up empty. The Komets defeated the Oilers 3-0 and handed them their 31st loss of the season.
The teams exchanged a pair of power play opportunities in the opening period, and the Komets broke a scoreless deadlock just four seconds into their second man advantage. Jason Binkley set up Garrett Thompson for an easy tap-in to make it 1-0. Fort Wayne made it 2-0 just 1:19 later when Mike Embach was left all alone in the right circle, where he buried a wrist shot under the crossbar. Shots were even at 11, with the Komets held a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Jamie Schaafsma added an insurance goal for Fort Wayne midway through the third period to advance the Komet lead to 3-0. Komets goaltender, Pat Nagle completed his second shutout of the season.
The high point for Tulsa: Goaltender P.J. Musico blanked the Komets on six shots in the middle period. In all, Musico made 27 saves on 30 Komets attempts.
Nothing changed for the Oilers in the chase for the final playoff spot in the ECHL Central Division as both Tulsa and Kalamazoo lost on Friday night, but the chasm between the two teams has widened to 10 points with the Wings at 68 points and the Oilers at 58 points.
The season long road trip continues with two games against the Toledo Walleye on Saturday and Sunday in Northwestern Ohio.