TULSA, OK – The Wichita Thunder entered Saturday night’s game with a 187:09 scoreless drought and two goals in their last five games.
Reinforcements were came from all angles; Nathan Moon was checked into the line up after being scratched the last two games, and Ryan Rupert joined the Thunder after being sent down on Friday by Binghamton. Also joining the team was Brett Perlini, acquired in a trade from Rapid City on Friday for Logan Nelson.
The goal (pardon the pun,) just get the red light to turn on in your favor. Secondarily, get the win to end a five-game losing streak and start the climb back up the standings.
On Saturday night, Wichita achieved one of the two goals.
Vincent Arseneau ended the team’s scoreless streak at 200:59 after he knocked home a rebound from a Matt DeBlouw scoring chance to make it 1-0. Tulsa answered three minutes later when Phil Brewer put a wrist shot through Peter Di Salvo from the left circle. Tulsa took its first lead with 10 seconds left. Jacob Poe, who was whistled for a penalty, came out of the box and was hauled down near the Thunder net. He was awarded a penalty shot and scored with a wrist shot over Di Salvo’s glove to make it 2-1.
Landon Oslanski recorded his second of the season and tied the game at two just five minutes into the second. At 9:27, Arseneau fired a shot from the right boards during a delayed penalty call and re-gained the lead for Wichita. Tulsa came back and tied it before the end of the period as Shawn Bates caught a pass in the slot and beat Di Salvo to the glove side and the two teams headed into the dressing room tied at three.
In the third, Danick Gauthier stole a puck near the Thunder blue line and ripped a shot past Di Salvo at 18:17 to give the Oilers the lead for good. Emerson Clark tacked on an empty-netter for a 5-3 victory.
Wichita went 0-for-2 on the power play. Tulsa was 0-for-3 on the man advantage.
The same two teams will rematch this afternoon at 4:05 at the BOK Center.