TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa Oilers completed a three-game sweep of the Utah Grizzlies Sunday afternoon, defeating the 3-2 in front of 2,607 in the BOK Center.
In addition to it being a home sweep, the Oilers have won four straight games, dating back to January 2.
“From a fan standpoint, this was probably the best of the three games we played,” Tulsa coach Rob Murray said. “I thought the first two games were a little sloppy by both teams. But we did a lot of good things (Sunday).”
The turnout star of the weekend by far was goalie Roman Durny who turned in a 35-save performance on 37 shots in the game and denied all four Grizzlies shooters in the shootout.
“Durny (had) a great game, especially in the overtime on the 4-on-3,” Murray said. “He was also instrumental in not allowing any goals in the shootout and that’s something we haven’t had in a while.”
Durny’s shutout streak lasted a total of 69:05 and ended when Matt Abt solved the 22-year old Slovakian at 9:05 of the first period. Danny Moynihan answered on a 2-on-1 near the midway point of the second period, capitalizing on a feed from Maxim Golod to tie the game. Four minutes later, the Oilers scoring line struck again, when Golod punched the puck in behind Jones to give the Oilers their first and only lead of the match, at 2-1. Charlie Gerard pulled the Grizzlies even with 92 seconds left in the middle period, potting with an unassisted flip of the disc over Durny.
There were some fireworks in the middle frame, as Oilers fans got to see two players throw hands when Tulsa’s Garrett Cockerill and Matthew Boucher dropped the gloves. Overall, it was decidedly more chippy through the remainder of the middle frame as the grind of three straight games began to show itself.
A scoreless third period gave way to overtime, which the Oilers started on the penalty kill thanks to an ill-timed interference call on Kyle Jenkins. Tulsa rode out the storm thanks to some brilliant goaltending from Durny and furious defense work by his teammates. Charlie Sampair‘s goal in the fourth round of the shootout capped off a weekend sweep and saw the Oilers improve to 5-3-1 (10 points) on the young season.
Tulsa heads north to take on the Rapid City Rush next weekend in a three-game set. Utah, meanwhile, hosts Kansas City in a three-game set beginning Friday night at Maverik Center.
Rich Lohman covers the Tulsa Oilers for The Sin Bin. Follow and interact with him on Twitter @SinBinOilers.