INDIANAPOLIS, IN — It was a rough one in Indy on Saturday night as the Tulsa Oilers saw the Indy Fuel score three quick goals in the second period to snatch a 4-3 win. The Oilers were without head coach Rob Murray, who fell ill while coaching the team on Friday night.
Oilers assistant coach Zac Desjardins filled in for Murray and will continue to do so until Murray is ready to return, the team reported on Saturday.
After falling behind to the Fuel 1-0 on a Alex Wideman goal in a first period that featured nearly 60 minutes of combined penalties between the two clubs, Tulsa responded with two goals of their own in the second period.
Eric Drapluk tied the game on a 5-on-3 power play less than two minutes into the second period when he zipped a wrist shot from the left circle past Fuel goalie Etienne Marcoux. Three minutes later, Alexandre Ranger found Charlie Sampair on a neat crossing pass to push the Oilers into their only lead of the contest 3:37 into the middle period.
Indy responded with three quick goals in three minutes to give them a two-goal lead going into the second period. Between the fifth minute and eighth minute of the period, Zac Miskovic, Nick Bligh, and Cam Reid all dented the twine behind Tulsa netminder Devin Williams to put the home team ahead for good.
Tulsa defenseman Chris Joyaux blasted the puck through Marcoux with a little over three minutes to play in the final period, but the Fuel held on through a power play and an empty Tulsa net in the final 1:30 for the victory.
Altogether, both teams combined for 97 minutes of penalties, a season-high for Tulsa. The teams were even on the man advantage, each converting 2-of-8 power-play opportunities. Williams made 21 saves on 25 Indy shots while Marcoux turned aside 33 of 36 Oilers shots.
The Oilers will head to Fort Wayne for an afternoon matinee with the Komets on Sunday, then it’s off to Rapid City for three straight games with the Rush next week.