Friday night, the Tulsa Oilers welcomed the Missouri Mavericks to the BOK Center as the two teams met for their first matchup of the 2015-16 season. Tulsa, trying to get out of the basement of the Central Division, led with Jussi Olkinuora in net. Josh Robinson was between the pipes for the Mavericks.
Brandon Wong opened up the scoring in the game for the Oilers, earning the team’s second power play goal of the season, getting the puck past a screened Robinson to make it 1-0 at 15:57. After one period of play, the Oilers held that 1-0 lead in goals and a 10-7 lead in shots.
In the second period, Dennis Brown earned his first goal in an Oilers jersey after being traded to Tulsa, scoring from the faceoff circle to make it 2-0. Missouri fought back in the next few minutes as Jesse Root and Andrew Courtney combined for a pair of goals to tie things up at 2-all after two period of play.
Tulsa earned another power play goal during the early part of the third period with Darian Dziurzynski tapping in a shot to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead. Missouri wouldn’t back down as the period wore on and Jesse Root scored his second goal of the night to bring things back level, 3-3. Missouri had two more power play tries in the third period, but Tulsa’s penalty kill stayed strong, and the two teams headed to overtime.
Both Robinson and Olkinuora held strong in overtime with none of the eight shots taken getting into the net. Both teams headed to the shootout with the first nine shooters unable to score either. It took the tenth shooter, Tulsa’s Brandon Wong, to score the game-winning goal and to give the Oilers the 4-3 win.
The Oilers improved to a 3-3-0-0 record, still sitting last in the Central Division. Olkinuora improved to 2-2-0 on the season.
Tulsa gets a few nights off, but they will be back in action on Tuesday evening as the Oilers take on the Allen Americans. Next weekend, the Oilers will take on an old Central Hockey League rival in the Colorado Eagles in a two-game set.
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