TULSA, OK — The Tulsa Oilers entertained the defending Kelly Cup champion Colorado Eagles for a pair of games at the BOK Center last weekend.
With four points in play this weekend for Tulsa, the Oilers managed to pull away one as they fell 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday night and 3-0 in a regulation matinee on Sunday afternoon.
And as it so often occurs, it was a tale of two games.
On Saturday night, the Oilers took command of the game early on two quick goals by Charlie Sampair, who scored at the 64-second mark of the first period when he banked in a rebound sitting in the crease. Sampair scored again at 3:12 to give Tulsa a 2-0 lead after Adam Pleskach forced a Colorado turnover in their own zone. Then, ECHL-leading scorer Michael Joly snapped a quick shot from the left circle past the blocker of Oilers goaltender Jake Hildebrand, and the period ended with the home club heavy on the scoreboard.
Alexandre Ranger, back from a seven-day stint on the IR, made it a 3-1 game when he fired a shot from the half-wall over the shoulder of Eagles goalie Joe Cannata into the top of the net to make it 3-1 in the second period. Colorado responded to narrow the score by a goal when Jake Marchment cleaned up his own rebound to bring the Eagles back to within one after 40 minutes.
Garrett Ladd scored nine seconds into the third period to give the Oilers their third two-goal advantage, but Marchment added his second of the game shortly thereafter to make it 4-3.
Joly tallied his second goal of the game with the equalizer in the final three minutes of regulation, forcing overtime. The five minute OT period came and went, leading to the shootout where Joly knocked in the game-winner for the visitors.
Game two came on Sunday. In that game, the Oilers fired 51 shots at Cannata’s net but couldn’t manage to find twine. On the other hand, Ryan Harrison, Brady Shaw, and Ben Storm all scored on Hildebrand to give the visitors their 25th victory while Tulsa creeps back to .500 hockey with their thirteenth regulation loss.
Tulsa moves on to take on Wichita on Wednesday night at the BOK Center.