Spring in Oklahoma always brings about unpredictable weather, and it usually comes in the form of severe storms. Last night was no exception as thunderstorms and tornadoes plagued the state. Due to the timing of the storms hitting the Tulsa area, the start to the game was delayed an hour. After getting the all-clear however, the game proceeded as the Oilers looked to avenge their previous loss to the Allen Americans.
Kevin Carr made his eight consecutive start for the Oilers, having won six of the previous seven. Riley Gill started in net for the Americans.
Midway through the first period, Spencer Asuchak opened up the scoring for the Americans shorthanded as he was able to get in all alone past the Oilers defense. Asuchak’s ninth goal of the season came unassisted. The Americans gave Carr a lot of work in the first period, putting 15 shots on net, but it was just 1-0 after the first period of play.
More craziness ensued in the second period at the 14:06 mark when Vincent Arseneau was whistled for high-sticking. With 5:54 left on the clock, the clock never moved off that time as play continued. With no clock to keep track of, Carr was unaware when Arseneau was released from the box. As he exited the box, Arseneau picked up the puck and slid it across to Greger Hanson, and he put it home at 16:20 to make it a 2-0 Allen lead. The Oilers would get one back though at the 18:43 mark of the frame. Adam Pleskach did nothing more than send the puck on net as he stood in the corner, but a favorable bounce off of Gill’s body gave the Oilers a 2-1 deficit as the period came to an end.
J.P. Anderson took over in net for the Americans in the third period, and he was perfect in the period, turning aside all nine shots he faced. The Americans secured the win over Tulsa at the 7:38 mark. Patrik Valcak sent the puck on net and the favorable bounced continued as the puck went off of Carr and then off of Allen-teammate Garrett Clarke and in to make it a 3-1 game for Allen.
The 3-1 score held true for the remainder of the game, giving the Tulsa Oilers their second straight loss. Kevin Carr fell to 27-17-2 on the season.
The loss to Allen, coupled with a win by the Quad City Mallards, moves the Mallards into third place in the division and having the Oilers fall back into the fourth place spot. Wichita lost as well, leaving the Thunder still on the outside and looking in on the playoffs.
Tulsa heads back to Allen for the third straight game against the Americans on Saturday night. The Oilers will then have to jump back on the bus and head to Wichita for another Sunday afternoon game. Saturday’s game will drop the puck at 7:05 Central Time.