The Tulsa Oilers have seen a lot of the Allen Americans lately and Saturday night marked the third straight game the Oilers have played the Americans. Allen took the last two games in commanding fashion, but with Tulsa finding some time to get some rest, they looked to rebound as the playoff positions get tighter and tighter.
Brandon Anderson got his first start in net since March 3rd, when he got chased after letting five goals in against the Missouri Mavericks, while Allen turned to J.P. Anderson to backstop their net.
The first period was a back-and-forth affair with both teams getting chances on net, including a power play try for Tulsa, which the Americans killed off. The scoring was broken open at 12:42 of the period as the Oilers were unable to get a clearing attempt through and Garrett Clarke was able to find Vincent Arsenaeu in front for a 1-0 Allen lead.
Adam Pleskach brought Tulsa even early in the second period, after Drew Fisher powered his way towards the net and found Pleskach at the top of the crease at 4:05 to make it 1-1.
During a Kyle O’Kane penalty, the Americans took advantage on a power play as Greger Hanson pushed Allen back into the lead at 10:31 of the second period.
The third period saw fourteen combined penalty minutes between the two teams, but neither one could capitalize on the man-advantage. With time running out, the Oilers were able to tie the game late at 15:30 as Kyle Bochek one-timed a great pass from Stephen Perfetto and tied the game up at 2-2, sending the game into overtime and clinching an all-important point for Tulsa.
In the overtime period, it took just one shot for the Americans to earn the win from Chad Costello ripping a shot by Brandon Anderson, sending Allen home with two points.
With the point, and coupled with a Wichita loss last night as well, the Oilers extended their fourth-place lead to three points. With two games in hand over the Quad City Mallards, Tulsa sits just three points behind third.
The Oilers are right back in action this afternoon in Wichita with a 5:05 puck drop, needing every single point they can muster. With Wichita on a five-game losing streak, don’t expect them to bow out, but Tulsa needs to take advantage.