INDEPENDENCE, MO.—One thing that the Tulsa Oilers have excelled in this season has been winning in the shootout, and they earned a redemptive victory over the Missouri Mavericks using that method on Saturday night in the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Dmitri Ognev scored the game-winner in the sixth round of the shootout for the Oilers, bringing a hard fought game to a close and pushing their record in shootouts to a perfect 3-0.
Tulsa opened the scoring in the first period when Ben Murphy nudged in a centering pass from Darcy Murphy past Mavericks goaltender Ville Husso to give Tulsa the early lead with just 2:36 elapsed in the opening frame. Then the Oilers had to hold firm through four Missouri power plays in the first period to end the frame at 1-0.
Sam Povorozniouk tied the game for the Mavericks in the second period when he flipped the puck under the crossbar behind a sprawling Jamie Phillips at 8:20 of the middle period, then Missouri seized control of the game a little less than two minutes later when Dane Fox buried a shot in the Tulsa net after Phillips was knocked down in a collision the crease at 10:04 of the middle stanza.
But unlike Friday night’s game in Tulsa, the Oilers were hell bent on redeeming themselves instead of laying down.
With nearly nine minutes remaining in the second period, Phil Brewer got his stick on the puck on a shot from the point and deflected it past Husso to knot the score at two all, which the teams rode through the final 29 minutes of regulation and five minutes of three-on-three overtime.
Both goalies allowed goals in the opening rounds of the shootout and after they stopped the next five shooters Ognev took the puck on the Oilers turn, swung wide out to the right side faceoff circle and buried the puck behind Husso on his left side. Phillips made the stop on Jacob Doty, the Mavs final shooter and it was all over.
Shots on goal in the game were nearly even for both clubs in the contest, with Missouri edging Tulsa 31-30. Jamie Phillips turned aside 29 of the Mavericks 31 shots while Husso saved 27 of the Oilers 29 shots. Jamie Phillips earned his 15th win overall and third shootout victory, tying him with Idaho’s Branden Komm.
Jamie Phillips has been the in Oilers net for every win they’ve enjoyed in the shootout rounds this season.
The Oilers record with Saturday’s win pushes them to 16-7-2-0 (34 points—tied for first in the Central Division), while the Mavericks fall to 9-11-1-3 (22 points—5th Mountain). The Toledo Walleye played their second of two games against the Alaska Aces and they fell tonight 4-2 in Anchorage.
Like the Oilers, they split their series with the Aces and also have 34 points, tying them for first in the division.
The next action for Tulsa will be three straight games at home beginning with Alaska this Wednesday night, and a pair on Friday and Saturday night with the Colorado Eagles.