TULSA, OK—After stunning the ECHL defending champion Colorado Eagles 5-3 on Friday night the Tulsa Oilers (10-9-3-3) hosted the Allen Americans (14-7-2-1) on Saturday night.
The game was promoted as “ugly sweater night” with gaudy jerseys to match, for the Oilers “ugly” was a very descriptive word. The Americans dominated the Oilers from stem to stern and handed a 5-2 defeat to the club in front of 4,650 in the BOK Center.
Everything that the Oilers had working for them on Friday night failed to show up on Saturday night, and it didn’t take long for a powerhouse line of Allen forwards to seize control of the game. The game for the Americans was defined by the play of forwards Vincent Arseneau, Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Bryan Moore.
“You have to play from start to finish,” Oilers coach Rob Murray said. “Their top line scored all five goals. We could not stop them.”
Arseneau scored a hat trick, Pierro-Zabotel and Moore scored a goal each, and all three dinged the score sheet with assists. Only goals from Garrett Ladd and Mike McKee made the score at least sound like it was close.
One notable aspect of Saturday’s game was the rested nature of the Americans whose last game was five days ago, as opposed to a Tulsa team that had worked hard on Friday night to defeat Colorado.
“Honestly, I think we expended a lot of energy playing that game last night. It is not an excuse, but Allen did not play last night. They have not played since Monday. They were fresher and it showed.” Murray said. “We had a lot better push-back last night compared to tonight. We lost (Alexandre) Ranger to an injury tonight. We just are not deep enough right now.
From here the Oilers will head back out on the road for a isit to Wichita on Tuesday night, then a weekend set with Allen before returning home to face Kansas City on December 27.