Article By: Mike Iles
Photos By: Les Stockton
Coming off a weekend sweep of Dallas during the first homestand of the 2016-17 season, the Tulsa Junior Oilers looked to ride that momentum going to the second set of home games in the young season. The Vail Powder Hounds rolled into Tulsa with a new coach and several new faces.
On Friday, Tulsa started the scoring almost at the halfway mark of the opening period. Augusts Veidenbaums scored on the power play at 10:34, getting assists from Conor Dempsey and Bogdan Shleev. Vail tied the game with a power play goal of their own at 12:30 with Roman Zakoretskiy scoring the goal from Adam Oja. Vail took the lead at 11;20 of the period with Anders Waplan scoring from Jack Cikra. Tulsa then tied the game at 14:31 with Hunter Best scoring after an assists from Taner Byrd. Tulsa took the lead at 17:58 with Niko Walsh scoring from Bogdan Shleev and Jiri Tr
Saturday’s game shifted from Oilers Ice Center to the BOK Center. It was the first time the Junior Oilers played in the downtown arena in a few years. Vail opened the scoring at 1:20 of the 1st period with Darcy Flanagan scoring with assists from Tyler Kupka and Anders Waplan. Tulsa tied the game at 6:36 with Bogdan Shleev scoring the goal and assists from Augusts Veidenbaums and Jiri T
Sunday’s game was again at BOK Center and the Junior Oilers were looking to get another weekend sweep. Tulsa ended the game with 9 players scoring at least one point in the game and they also had their first player with a hat trick this season. Miroslav Smid got the first goal of the game at 8:28 of the 1st period with Jiri Trubacik and Conor
This marked the first time any Tulsa Junior Oilers team has had 2 consecutive weekend sweeps in the 5 year team history. Augusts Veidenbaums
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