TULSA, OK—Finally, the Tulsa Oilers have a win against the Kansas City Mavericks.
After four straight losses to the Mavericks since the season began, the Tulsa Oilers ended a three-game winless drought that began last Sunday in Allen with a convincing 4-1 victory on Saturday night in the BOK Center.
Charlie Sampair, Dmitrii Sergeev, Dylan Hubbs and Steven Kaunisto all dented the scoresheet for Tulsa, while the Mavericks Mark Cooper turned in the only goal for the visitors.
“The win was good, but more importantly it was a win at home,” Oilers coach Rob Murray said. “One game does not make it, but not winning would have set us back even more.”
The Oilers dominated from the goal line out with goalie Jake Hildebrand leading the way with 30 stops on 31 shots.
“We got the goaltending when we needed it. I don’t think Hildebrand had to make a really big save tonight.” Murray said. “It is a great game sheet. Shorthanded goal, power-play goal … It was a well-rounded game.”
Tulsa scored the only goal of the first period when Charlie Sampair buried a wrist shot from the left circle on a short-handed rush. The marker was Sampair’s third short-handed goal of the season, as the Oilers led 1-0 after one. The second period saw an increase in activity. Near the midway mark of the period, Oilers forward Joey Sides had a goal waved off, but defenseman Dmitri Sergeev recovered the momentum, scoring at 10:26 of the frame to make it 2-0.
Two minutes later, Dylan Hubbs added to the lead with a goal that snuck under the crossbar and in behind Mavericks goaltender Kent Patterson.
The insurance was provided by Steven Kaunisto, who fired a shot through traffic to put in the Oilers fourth and final goal of the game.
The victory gives the Oilers their first win against the Mavericks this season and snaps a 9-game losing streak against them that dates back to last season.
Tulsa turned in a well-rounded performance, something that they sorely needed after a pair of shaky losses in the past two games.
“We took advantage of our opportunities and last night I felt like we didn’t,” Murray said. “Tonight we did just that, and it showed on the score sheet.”
The Oilers will close out 2017 on the road on New Year’s Eve in Kansas City, then return home to face the Colorado Eagles in a two-game set next weekend.
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