Salisbury stops 50 of 54 shots as Tulsa wins game three, 5-4.
Sunday morning was a carbon copy of Saturday night, almost. As with Saturday night’s affair, Tulsa jumped out to a two nothing lead just under four minutes into the first period, with goals from Matt Winkle and Elliott Langford. Tulsa peppered the Junior Thunder’s Jake Larson with fifteen shots in the first, compared to only seven for Wichita. However, Wichita did not give up on the period as Joel Gellvear scored his 8th goal of the season, and after one Tulsa led 2-1.
The second period saw the Thunder roar back just 2:04 in, as Felix Morin found the back of the net with an assist given to Gellvear, but Tulsa would push on. Even though they were out shot 21-15 in this period, rookie Adam Salisbury stood tall. With the help of forwards Devan Beck, Hakim Senni and Derrek Smith, who accounted for two additional goals in this period, with credit given to Beck on the third goal and Senni on the fourth, Tulsa went into the intermission leading 4-2.
The third period, unfortunately for Tulsa, turned into the Joel Gellvear show as he scored his second of the contest just 31 seconds in, than assisted on a power play goal just over a minute later, and the contest was again tied 4-4. But Tulsa would not be denied this day, as the defense tightened up and Salisbury proved he wanted it more. The game would stay tied, through the remaining seventeen minutes and Tulsa was able to squash the three power play opportunities they gave Wichita.
Two-five minute periods of overtime hockey settled nothing so the contest went to a shootout. Wichita got on the board first with a goal from Layton Dorn, but Tulsa’s Alex Higley answered the call tying the contest at one. It stayed tied till round three when Gellvear beat Salisbury, then Derek Smith came right back and evened the contest at two. However, rookie Salisbury saw shots from Morin and Crusinberry go wide, than he robbed Suski with a “glove save and a beauty” that finally brought the Tulsa fans to their feet (and made mom and dad smile as they were in attendance). Tulsa then sent defenseman Mike Evans out as their sixth shooter and he went five hole beating the Larson, who made 42 saves, and Tulsa won the contest that took nearly 3 hours to decide, and Adam Salisbury picked up his first win as a Junior net-minder. Tulsa improved to 3-9-0 overall and Wichita fell to 4-14-0.
The Junior Oilers get a weekend off and will host the New Mexico Renegades on November 15, 16 and 17th. For tickets all 918-252-0011.