BOISE, ID – Oilers Head Coach Jason Christie broke the ECHL all-time coaching wins record against the Idaho Steelheads back in December. Saturday night, the Oilers would give the veteran coach another huge career milestone.
This win would be in similar fashion to Tulsa’s last victory against Idaho on December 10th, with a mirrored score of 4-2. Kevin Carr was the talk of the night as the goaltender stopped 36 shots in 60 minutes. Emerson Clark scored two goals, one assist and fought to give himself his second Gordie Howe hat-trick in his last four games.
Nine seconds into the first period Rob Linsmayer, Friday night’s game winning goal-scorer, tallied on Carr. It was the Steelheads’ fastest goal in the ECHL since March 12, 2004 when Jan Kopecky scored against the Long Beach Ice Dogs. Immediately after the puck was dropped following the goal, the gloves were dropped by Emerson Clark and Andrew Panzarella.
Almost seven minutes into the period, hard work by Clark in the attacking zone provided an opportunity for Phil Brewer to blast the puck over the Campbell’s glove to tie the score 1-1.
Brian Nugent assisted on the Christophe Lalancette goal that gave the Oilers their first lead of the night at 2-1 with 1:53 left in the middle frame.
In the final frame, Panzarella had the puck hop over his stick inside the blue line and roll to center ice. Clark pounced on the puck for Tulsa, moving in 2-on-1 on Steelheads goaltender Jack Campbell and lifting a wrist shot over Campbell’s glove to give the Oilers a two-goal lead at 3-1.
Minutes later, Emil Molin would score his 14th goal of the season to narrow the lead to 3-2, but Clark would seal the deal with an empty net goal to give the Oilers and coach Jason Christie the 4-2 win.