MOLINE, IL — It was bound to end at some point. Tulsa’s historic season-opening win streak came to a halt in the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois with the Quad City Mallards defeating the Oilers 3-2.
The hero of the match for the home team was clearly Sam Warning, who bookended the Mallards win with a pair of goals, one to open the scoring in the first period and one to give Quad City their third, and game-winning goal at the 8:29 mark of the third period. Chris Francis got Quad City’s other goal
Christophe Lalancette and Phil Brewer got the goals for Tulsa. Lalancette scoring his second goal in as many nights and Brewer getting his second of the 2016-17 campaign. Brewer scored a goal that tied the game at two in the thrid period, and that tie lasted only a minute before Warning’s game winner.
It was also the debut of Brody Hoffman, a former Mallard who started the season with the Adirondack Thunder and acquired on Thursday for future considerations. Hoffman stopped 28 of 30 Quad City shots and C.J. Motte turned away 28 of 30 Oilers shots.
Both teams were unsuccessful on the power play as no goals were scored on four opportunities between the two clubs. Tulsa had one turn on the man advantage while the Mallards enjoyed three power play chances.
The Oilers head home sporting their best record to open a season in 15 years and are tied with the Toledo Walleye for the lead in the ECHL Central Division with an identical record of six victories, one loss, and twelve points. No other division leader has more than four wins to open the season, but that takes into account the fact that the schedules are staggered.
The last time the Oilers saw this much success this early in the year was in 2002 when the Garry Unger-led Oilers roared out to a 5-0 start.
Nevertheless, the Oilers are looking to start a new win streak seven next Wednesday night when the Utah Grizzlies visit the BOK Center for a 7:05pm puck drop.