ALLEN, TX — The Tulsa Oilers (15-6-2, 32 points – 1st Central) took on the Allen Americans (11-12-0, 22 points – 3rd Mountain) for the third time in five days and second time in as many nights on Saturday, and after enjoying a 4-2 victory over the two-time ECHL defending champions on Friday night, the Oilers fell by the exact same score.
The Oilers emerged with three out of a possible six points, and hold a two-point lead over second place Toledo in the divisional standings.
As he did on Friday night, Spencer Asuchak opened the scoring for the Americans, scoring on a shot from between the circles after a turnover to break a scoreless tie. Gary Steffes scored on a power play to open up the lead to two goals by periods end.
Ben Murphy got the goal scoring started late in the second period to cut the Americans lead to a goal, but that was answered by Jason Fram who wrapped a shot in around the goalpost to fool Oilers goalie Colin Stephens to extend his team’s lead back to two goals.
Murphy scored his second goal of the night with a little over five minutes remaining in the contest but again the Americans had an answer in the form of a shot by Bryan Moore the sailed into the Tulsa net over Stephens glove and that was all she wrote.
In all, Stephens faced 31 Allen shots, turning aside 27. Riley Gill, who made his third consecutive start for the Americans, saved 29 of the Oilers 31 shots. The Oilers were blanked on all five of their power-play opportunities and Allen capitalized on just one of their three man advantage chances.
The Oilers will now enjoy five days off before their next game, which is a home tilt with the Missouri Mavericks on Friday night, which is a home-and-home set.
While it isn’t critical yet to be keeping track of the Oilers position relative to the postseason, the Oilers two-point lead will be put to the test not only in the upcoming two-game set with Missouri but with the Toledo Walleye, the team they’ve been trading places with at the top of the ECHL Central all season thus far.
The Walleye are two points behind the Oilers and have one more game…a Tuesday night contest with Fort Wayne at home…and will then venture to Anchorage for a two-game set with Alaska, a team that will visit Tulsa for the first time next week.