TULSA, OK — It was bound to end sometime.
The Tulsa Oilers (11-4-0-0) perfect home record came to an end on Wednesday night as the Rapid City Rush brought the streak to an end with a 2-0 victory over the boys in blue. Oilers goaltender Jamie Phillips stopped 25 shots out of 27 Rush shots in the losing effort. Phillips still leads all goaltenders in the ECHL with 11 victories against only 2 losses so far this year. Phillips’ is 1-2 in his last 3 starts.
Brendan Walker and Mark Cooper scored the goals for Rapid City, but the majority of the credit for the Rush’s fourth win of the season goes to goaltender Adam Morrison. The third round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009 was acquired by the Rush on November 9th and has only allowed one goal in two games.
“He made some key saves,” Oilers coach Jason Christie said of Morrison. The White Rock, BC native turned aside 37 Oilers shots enroute to his first shutout of the 2016-17 season.
“The difference was they buried the chances and we didn’t,” Christie said. “It is bound to happen. We will have to be ready Friday.”
It’s easy to blame the Oilers loss on recent player call-ups to the AHL of a few key players, but to Christie, he sees the first home loss as a teachable moment of sorts.
“We have been able to come back,” Christie said. “Right now we have to battle through that. Sometimes you go through some tough spells.
“We had a chance. A couple of crossbars, a couple of posts and a couple of rebounds. Give them credit, they beat us 2-0.”
Despite the loss, the Oilers still sit atop the ECHL with and 11-4 record, one of the team’s best opening records since their CHL days.
The Oilers have the day off Thursday then take on Rapid City again Friday night.