TULSA, OK — The Tulsa Oilers and Kansas City Mavericks squared off for the second time in three days on Friday night. After a game featuring stellar defensive effort by both teams, the Mavericks put in three goals in the final period to take the Oilers for the second straight night 3-1 in the BOK Center.
After nearly 46 minutes of scoreless hockey, Jared VanWormer broke the scoreless deadlock on a Mavericks power play 5:58 into the final stanza. Tulsa’s Devin Williams and Kansas City’s Mason McDonald each stopped 19 shots in the first 40 minutes.
The Oilers tied the score when Ryan Tesink deflected a Mike McKee shot past McDonald with 9:22 left in regulation, but Matt Robertson cleaned up a rebound to give the Mavericks a 2-1 lead after an offensive zone face-off win.
Robertson ended up with the game-winning goal for the second straight game, as Bryce Aneloski added an empty net goal late to seal the 3-1 win for Kansas City.
The Oilers remain winless against Kansas City in four games, and individually the Oilers fell to 12-12-3-3 with 30 points while the Mavericks improved to 17-15-0-3 with 35 points in the standings.
Once again the downfall of the Oilers could be attributed to inattention to small details, though Oilers head coach Rob Murray thought the team played better than they did on Wednesday night.
“We got outworked tonight in different areas that made the difference in the game,” Murray noted. “But I thought we played a lot better defensively. After we score a goal, we should be savoring the momentum and we get stuck sleeping off a face-off and it ends up being the game-winning goal.”
The Oilers will attempt for a third time to score a victory against Kansas City Saturday night in the BOK Center.