INDEPENDENCE, MO – First Missouri’s 14-game win streak, then their 14-game home winning streak.
On Saturday night the Oilers took down the ECHL’s top team in a 6-3 battle, becoming the first squad this season to beat the Mavericks at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Tulsa not only owns three of Missouri’s seven losses, but is also team who has scored on them most.
The Mavericks quickly jumped out to a 1-0 lead with an early goal from Rocco Carzo, with helpers going to Barnes and Kane Lafranchise, at 4:25 of the opening period in a power-play situation.
The Mavericks worked quickly to gain another lamp-lighter, this one coming from Tyler Barnes at 5:04 of the period, as he beat Oilers goaltender Kevin Carr back-door to give Missouri a 2-0 lead. Sebastien Sylvestre and Wes Cunningham assisted on Barnes’ 16th goal of the campaign.
Searching for a spark, the Oilers Emerson Clark fought one of the recent acquisitions for the Mavericks, Eric Neilson.
The fight was just what the doctor ordered for Tulsa, as less than a minute later, Adam Pleskach cut into the Mavs scoring his 14th goal of the season, with the help of teammates Aaron Harstad and Dan DeSalvo.
Neilson would strike again in the opening stages of the third period, this time on the scoreboard. He beat Carr, who was sprawled out on the ice, for his first goal of the season at 3:26 of the period to give the Mavericks a 3-1 lead.
Then, the Oilers comeback hit full stride.
Emerson Clark scored a pair of goals just four minutes apart, to bring the Oilers level with the Mavs at 3, with half a period left.
A little over a minute later, Tulsa would score for a third consecutive time. A slap shot from Dennis Brown, with 8:46 left in the period gave the Oilers their first lead of the night. The assist from Clark would ink his third Gordie Howe hat trick in just two weeks.
Defenseman Mathieu Brisebois expanded the Oilers as he managed to get his own rebound through a maze of skaters and put the puck by Stephon Williams at 15:46 of the third period.
With the win, the Oilers improve to four games over .500 in the log-jammed western conference. Missouri remains atop the league standings with 64 points and a 31-5-1-1 record.