ALLEN, TX — Danick Paquette netted two goals and Shawn Bates added another, but it wasn’t enough to survive to a win in on the home ice of the defending Kelly Cup champions as the Tulsa Oilers were edged 4-3 by the Allen Americans for the second straight night.
Games played now by the Tulsa Oilers only count in the pride department, since the team was eliminated from playoff contention on Friday. Still, the Oilers did give the Americans a good fight but couldn’t survive to complete a comeback.
The Americans had a shutout in the making after one period with goals by Zach Hall and Josh Brittain. Paquette got his first of two goals when he fired a shot from the left circle past the blocker of Allen goalie Riley Gill to give the Oilers their first goal of the night.
Allen opened their advantage again to two goals when Alex Krushelnyski flicked a backhander past P.J. Musico’s glove for his second goal in as many nights. Paquette answered that with his second goal with 3:45 to play in the second period when he stashed a loose puck into the net from the edge of the crease for his first two-goal game of the season.
Krushelnyski got what would be the game winner by firing the puck past the Oilers goaltender from the left circle early on in the third period. Bates then pulled the game back to a one goal when he netted a goal on a rare 5-on-3 power play goal, but the visitors would get no closer.
The Oilers wil return home for the first time since the end of February to face Wichita next Friday night in the BOK Center.