WICHITA, Kan. – The action was held to a minimum Tuesday night as the Tulsa Oilers went 1-for-7 on the powerplay in a 2-1 overtime win over Wichita.
Within the first minute of the game, Wichita earned their powerplay of the game on a high-sticking penalty by Adam Pleskach. Wichita would only put one shot up during the man advantage.
Later in the first, Gabriel Verpaelst was sent to the box for a boarding minor penalty. This one would come back to haunt Wichita just 23 seconds later when Jared Thomas fired a shot that found its way into the back of the net via Ty Rimmer‘s five-hole. The 1-0 score would hold true throughout the remainder of the first period.
The second period was a story of inefficient Tulsa powerplays. With three chances on the man advantage, Tulsa went 0-for-3 in the period, keeping the scoring margin at one. Other than the three minor penalties on Wichita, the second period consisted of few stoppages, most of which came from Wichita icing calls.
Wichita came out in the third period with a bit more fire than the other periods. That fire paid off on a controversial play. At 2:52 in the third, Steven Iacobellis skated into a puck as he charged the net, the puck went into the net and initially, the play had been ruled no goal due to the kick. After deliberating with both linesmen, referee Cameron Fleming made some friends in Wichita, ruling the play a goal.
From this point on, both teams looked content with going to overtime and taking a point. The period included two more chances for Tulsa on the man advantage, neither of which they capitalized on.
The period wound down and eventually, the horn sounded, setting off some tempers as both sets of five on the ice went at each other. No gloves fell and no punches were thrown so (somewhat) peacefully, Wichita and Tulsa continued to overtime.
Just past the 2:30 mark in overtime, Iacobellis made a great play, poking a puck loose, chasing it down the ice while beating two Tulsa players and eventually put up a shot, this one just too high.
Just shifts later, on a defensive breakdown by Wichita, Thomas ended things with his second goal of the game, his 15th of the year.
Tulsa’s powerplay ended 1-for-7 while Wichita was denied in all three of their powerplay attempts. Tulsa outshot Wichita 34-26.
Wichita and Tulsa continue the season series on Friday night in Tulsa at the BOK Center with a 7:05 p.m. scheduled puck drop. Matthew Harding will have the pregame show for you at 6:40 p.m. on the Sin Bin app.