TULSA, OK — It’s been a long time since the Tulsa Oilers have been able to brag about being the best in the league, but now it’s happening as 10,363 fans in the BOK Center saw the boys in blue come from behind and defeat the Missouri Mavericks Friday night 3-1, giving them their eighth victory overall and sixth straight at home.
The Mavs struck first on a soft tally from Sam Povorozniouk, whose shot dribbled in behind Oilers goalie Jamie Phillips to give the visitors the lead, and it was a lead they would continue for the balance of the game.
By all rights, the Mavericks were the superior team when it came to the volume of shots they fired at Phillips, but only one hit the twine. In all the Caledonia, Ontario native turned away 33 of the 34 Missouri shots he faced in the game.
Both Phillips and his opposing goaltender Ville Husso held fast through the second period, with both netminders facing a shooting gallery. Husso saved 12 Tulsa volleys while Phillips handled 12 Mavericks shots. Then the Oilers offense, who struggled through most of the game to produce any chances, woke up in the final twenty minutes, with Adam Pleskach leading the charge.
Ninety seconds into the final period Pleskach struck, tipping a Brandon Martell shot in past Husso to tie the game at one. Then, six and a half minutes later Pleskach slammed the puck past Husso from the right circle, sending the disc airborne and into the upper left corner of the Missouri cage.
After that, Tulsa locked down on defense, while the Mavericks pulled Husso for the extra attacker with a little under a minute to play. Unfortunately for the visitors, the Oilers managed to break loose. Kale Kessy passed to Dan DeSalvo, who tapped the disc in to seal the sixth straight home win for the Oilers.
In all, Husso faced 27 Oilers shots, of which he saved 25. Neither team managed to convert on any power plays with the Mavericks having four power play chances and Tulsa seeing two man-advantage opportunities.
From here the Oilers head up to Independence to take on what has to be a Mavericks team bent on revenge on Saturday night, then it’s back to Tulsa for a rubber match with Utah on Sunday afternoon where they hope to see their seventh straight home victory.