Junior Oilers sweep weekend series in Mile High City
by Mike Iles
The Tulsa Junior Oilers embarked on their second longest road trip of the season last Friday, traveling to Denver to face the Colorado Evolution. Colorado was still searching for their first win of the season sitting at 0-6-0, while Tulsa rolled into to town at 5-7-0, in 5th place in the Midwestern Division. Tulsa was in desperate need of wins and with the Wichita Junior Thunder and Springfield Express both idle, they would be able to leapfrog both teams in the standings with a 3 game sweep.
On Friday, the scoring started early and Tulsa was up 3-0 before the halfway point of the period. Sam Mancini scored at 5:40 with an assist from Nicholas Walsh. Augusts Veidenbaums scored at 8:03 with an assist from Tyler Hansen and Alex Davis. Walsh then scored a shorthanded goal at 9:56 with an assist from Luke Novack. Colorado scored at 17:04 and the period ended with Tulsa up 3-1. Second period scoring was started by Colorado at 4:56 of the period on the power play. Tulsa then scored 3 unanswered goals. Luke Novack scored at 9:52 on the power play with assists to Sam Mancini and Maxim Chegrintcev. At 13:24, Alex Davis scored with assists from Mancini and Chegrintcev. Jesse Clark scored at 16:59 with assists from Chegrintcev and Branden Reimann. The 2nd period came to a close with score 6-2 and because the 3rd period had no goals, the final score was the same. Tyler Jansen had 24 saves for the win
While there were 8 goals scored on Friday night, Saturday’s game had 8 goals in the opening period. Colorado started the scoring at 1:57 of the period and widened the lead at 4:11 while on the power play. Tulsa cut the lead in half at 7:29 of the period with Maxim Chegrintcev scoring on the power play with assists from Sam Mancini and Augusts Veidenbaums. Veidenbaums evened up the score at 11:46 of the period with an assist from Chegrintcev. The teams then traded goals with Colorado scoring at 12:05 and Mancini scoring at 12:53 with an assist from Nicholas Walsh. Colorado took the lead again at 14:44 but Tulsa tied it up again at 15:10 with Veidenbaums scoring again with an assist once again to Chegrintcev. The 1st period came to an end with the score tied at 4 goals each. Tulsa started the scoring in the 2ndperiod with Chegrintcev scoring his 2nd goal of the night at 3:52 with assists from Veidenbaums and Cooper DiBiase. Chegrintcev completed his hat trick at 10:05 of the period with an assist to Sam Hiserodt. With Tulsa on a 5 on 3 power play, Luke Novack scored at 14:23 with assists from Sam Mancini and Alex Davis. Colorado scored at the 18:00 mark and when the period came to a close, Tulsa was up 7-5. Tulsa was first to score in the 3rd period as well. Sam Mancini his second goal of the game at 1:05 with assists from Luke Novack and Nicholas Walsh. Maxim Chegrintcev got his 4th goal of the game on the power play at 3:05 with assists from Alex Davis and Sam Hiserodt. Colorado then scored 40 seconds apart at 18:12 and 18:52, the latter on the power play. Chegrintcev scored his 5th goal at 19:33 with an assist from Augusts Veidenbaums. The final score was 10-7 Tulsa. Tyler Jansen and Richard Albrecht combined for 24 saves with Albrecht picking up the win.
On Sunday, Tulsa started off the scoring at 5:45 of the 1st period while on a 5 on 3 power play with Luke Novack scoring with assists from Michael Howard and Sam Hiserodt. Tulsa scored again at 9:53 with Maxim Chegrintcev scoring and assists from Dylan Faraoni and Augusts Veidenbaums. Colorado cut the lead in half at 10:31 and the 1st period ended with Tusla leading 2-1. In the 2nd period, Colorado tied the game at 3:26 and took the lead at 8:55. Tulsa tied the game at 11:01 with August Veidenbaums scoring with assists from Maxim Chegrintcev and Hunter Best. They took the lead for good at 14:58 with Sam Mancini scoring a shorthanded goal with an assist from Nicholas Walsh. An insurance goal from Hunter Best at 17:35 with assists from Michael Howard and Leonid Anikin and the 2nd period came to a close with Tulsa leading 5-3. Third period scoring was all Tulsa. Luke Novack got his second goal on the power play at 3:43 with assists from Sam Mancini and Nicholas Walsh. Mancini got his 2nd goal of the game on the power play at 6:45 with assists from Walsh and Chegrintcev. Then Chegrintcev got his 2nd goal of the game at 10:58 with an assist from Michael Howard. The final was 8-3 Tulsa.
The Junior Oilers are now 8-7-0 for 16 points on the season and currently in 3rd place in the Midwestern Division. They trail 2nd place Wichita by just 2 points. Tulsa is off this week but return to home ice on Wednesday, November 11th to face their cross state rivals, the Oklahoma City Blazers.
Around the WSHL:
- The Junior Oilers welcomed 3 new players to the team over the weekend, Nicholas Walsh, Brandon Reimann, and Michael Howard and all paid immediate dividends for Tulsa. Walsh and Brandon both come to the Oilers from the Blaine Energy. Brandon makes his return to the Oilers after playing the final half of the season with the Oilers last year. Howard is a 20 year old defenseman from New Lenox, IL and wears #17. He comes to Tulsa from the Chicago Jr. Bulldogs of the North American Tier III Hockey League where he had 0 goals and 5 assists in 9 games played. He played in his first game in a Tulsa sweater on Saturday. He accumulated 3 assists on Sunday.
- The league now only has 2 undefeated teams. Missoula Maulers and Idaho Jr. Steelheads still have not been beaten this season
- By contrast, the Whitefish Wolverines, the Lake Tahoe Icemen, and Colorado Evolution are still winless on the season.
- Division Leaders are as follows:
- Western Division: Valencia Flyers (12-2-0)
- Northwest Division: Missoula Maulers (14-0-0)
- Mountain Division: Colorado Eagles (14-2-0)
- Midwestern Division: Oklahoma City Blazers (10-2-0)