The Tulsa Oilers faced the Quad City Mallards at the iWireless Center last night and came away with a hard fought 1-0 victory.
Few scoring chances for either team amounted to a single goal being scored. Tulsa had only 20 shots on goal, which was two more than the Mallards.
The first period was very physical. At 6:53 of the first period Austin Coldwell and Brady Ramsay dropped the gloves. This was Coldwell’s first professional fight. His last fight was back in juniors during the 2009-10 United States Hockey League season when he played for the Des Moines Buccaneers. Then with just over seven minutes to play before the first intermission, Ryan Tesink earned a five-minute major boarding penalty for boarding Darian Dziurzynski, which led to a fight between Jake Baker and Brian Nugent. Baker had the upper hand since he is half a foot taller than Nugent.
Towards the end of the first period, Dziurzynski was clipped by a Mallards player on the Mallards blue line. He fell to the ice and took a moment to stand. He skated shakily to the bench, almost falling sideways at one point. A trainer attended to him as soon as Dziurzynski sat on the bench, but he remained out until the period ended and did not return to the game. No word has been released as of yet on his condition.
Vladimir Nikiforov had a chance to score a breakaway goal after the Tesink penalty was killed, but mishandled the puck after several dekes. This was the best of the very few scoring chances the Mallards had in the game.
During the first period the Mallards were very aggressive, but after the first intermission they were much more subdued. The Oilers scored on the powerplay at 6:38 of the middle frame, Brandon Wong getting help from Matt Konan and Dennis Brown. The Mallards pulled the goaltender with about 80 seconds left to play but were unable to tie the game.
The same two teams square off again tonight at the i wireless Center at 7PM.
This article was written by contributor Anna Headley