INDEPENDENCE, MO — Ugly.
That’s the only way to describe the implosion that the Tulsa Oilers suffered at the hands of the Missouri Mavericks on Saturday night at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. The Oilers saw their worst defeat of the still-young season, falling to the home side by an embarrassing score of 10-3.
The scathing defeat comes on the heels of an exciting, come-from-behind win over the very same Mavericks team 24 hours ago. While the positives for the Oilers are few and far between, first goals of the season were scored by Axel Blomqvist and Garrett Ladd, but that’s about it.
Christophe Lalancette scored the other Tulsa goal, but other than that it was basically the Mavericks night. Seven players combined for ten goals, with Lukas Lofquist scoring a trio of goals and Reed Seckel knocking home two marks. Andrew Courtney, Dane Fox, Luke Juha, Sam Povorozniouk and Kyle Schempp rounded out the scorecard for the Mavs.
The game marked the second start, and second straight defeat for Oilers goaltender Brody Hoffman. He was in net for Tulsa’s only other loss thus far this season, the 3-2 decision at Quad City a week ago. Hoffman faced a total of 37 shots against in Missouri and he turned away 27.
Josh Robinson was in net for the Mavericks on the other end of the rink and he handled 23 of 26 Tulsa shots. The power play drought for Tulsa continued on Saturday, as the Oilers went 0-for-5 on the man advantage while the Mavericks converted three of five power play opportunities.
Despite the loss, Tulsa remains at the top of the ECHL’s Western Conference and the ECHL Central Division with a record of 8-2-0-0 with 16 points, which is also the best record in the entire league, at least for now. The Toledo Walleye and Utah Grizzlies were both in action tonight and the Walleye fell to the Wheeling Nailers 5-2 while the Grizzlies defeated the Wichita Thunder 5-3.
Its way too early to talk about positions relative to anything at this juncture of the season but if any positives are to be gleaned from a reality check loss like Tulsa suffered tonight it bears mentioning.
The final superlative for the Oilers, that being their undefeated home record, will be tested on Sunday afternoon when the Utah Grizzlies return to the BOK Center.
The Grizzlies will be looking to avenge a 3-2 decision the Oilers rendered against them on Wednesday night.