The Tulsa Oilers entered Week 2 of the ECHL season with a 1-2-0-0 record and looking for success at the iWireless Center as they took on the Quad City Mallards. Last season, the Oilers held a 3-0-1-1 record at the iWireless Center, earning a point in all five games they played. With a two-game set, both teams were primed for an exciting matchup.
Friday night, the Oilers and Mallards got off to a quick start in the extracurricular department as Brady Ramsay and Austin Coldwell dropped the gloves just 6:53 into the contest. Tensions grew even higher in the first period when Oilers’ forward Ben Walker was sent into the boards by Ryan Tesink. The incident led to another fight, this time between Brian Nugent and Jake Baker. Tesink was given a five-minute major for the hit, but the Oilers were unable to capitalize during the major power play, and both teams were scoreless in the first twenty minutes.
Tulsa finally broke through on the power play for the first time this season, after a cross-checking penalty to Alex Gudbranson. Brandon Wong came up with the power play tally, sending the puck past Mallards goaltender Steve Michalek, giving the Oilers a 1-0 lead. The goal was Wong’s second of the season, assisted by Matt Konan and Dennis Brown. Brown was acquired earlier in the week in a trade from the Manchester Monarchs. Both teams traded a power play chance, including a very rarely called trapezoid infraction against the Oilers’ goaltender Kevin Carr. Neither team was able to capitalize, making it a 1-0 game in Tulsa’s favor after the second period.
Both teams were given a chance on the power play once again in the third period, but both goaltenders stood tall, and no more pucks would reach the net for the remainder of the contest, giving the Oilers a 1-0 win over the Mallards. Kevin Carr earned an 18-save shutout and improved to a 4-0-2 record in his last six starts at the iWireless Center.
The Oilers and Mallards were right back at it the next night with two new goaltenders in net, and both teams kept trading goals throughout the entire game. Despite three power play chances for the Oilers in the game, they were unable to light the lamp with the man advantage.
Logan Nelson began things for the Mallards, scoring his fourth of the season at the 6:48 mark of the first, assisted by Miles Koules and Austin Coldwell. The Oilers fought back just before the first period ended with Brian Nugent tying things for the Oilers assisted by Brandon Wong and Adam Pleskach.
2:46 into the second period, Miles Koules earned his second point of the night, scoring for the Mallards to make it a 2-1 game, assisted by Darren McMillan and Sam Warning. Phil Brewer tied the game up for the second time of the night, scoring at 7:51 to make it a 2-2 tie. Quad City came out on top as the teams headed to the locker room for the second intermission as Guillaume Gelinas gave the Mallards the 3-2 lead at 11:05.
The Oilers earned one more chance at a comeback three minutes into the third period as Phil Brewer earned his second goal of the night to make it a 3-3 game. Raphael Bussieres made sure to put things away however, scoring the last two goals of the game for the Mallards, giving Quad City the 5-3 win.
Jussi Olkinuora made 32 saves for the Oilers, falling to 1-2-0 on the season. Brody Hoffman came away with 25 saves for the Mallards.
In player moves this week, the Oilers also released forward Radoslav Iiro to make room for Dennis Brown. Trevor Campbell was placed on the 21-day Injured Reserve, and Tulsa picked up defenseman Randy Cure from the Fort Wayne Komets.
As Tulsa falls to 2-3-0-0 on the season, the Oilers head back home to take on the division-leading Missouri Mavericks on Friday night. Tulsa then gets a few nights off until they take on the Allen Americans on Tuesday Nov. 3rd.
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