Article by Mike Iles
The Tulsa Junior Oilers start their second off week following a week off after falling 3 games to the Oklahoma City Blazers.
Game Recap of the Oilers vs Blazers: .
Friday, Tulsa got on the board first striking at 13:54 of the opening frame with Augusts Veidenbaums getting the goal with an assists from Jiri Trubacik. The lead didn’t last long as OKC scored at 16:51 on a power play goal from Victor Ekk and assists from Zachary Paxman and Drake Johnson. A little over one minute later at 17:56, OKC took the lead on a goal from Kody Smith after an assist from Albert Hrusa. OKC scored one more goal before the break with Kyle Cagnoni scoring at 18:41 with assists from Martin Hajsman and Jared Guffey. The 1st period ended with OKC leading 3-1. Tulsa scored early in the 2nd period getting a goal from Miroslav Šmíďák at 2:44 with assists from Taner Byrd and Luke Novack. It ended up being the only goal of the 2nd period and OKC still lead at the end of 2 periods by a score of 3-2. In the 3rd, OKC started the scoring at 8:04 of the period with Pavel Oxiouta scoring on the power play and assists going to Tomas Rubes and Hrusa. OKC’s ViliamSeliga scored at 11:44 with assists to Smith and Cagnoni. OKC scored less than 2 minutes later when Oxiouta got his second goal of the game at 11:44 and assists from Kiril Romanov and Hrusa. Tulsa’s Niko Walsh scored an unassisted power play goal at 15:35. Time expired and OKC won 6-3. Tulsa’s Henrik Kaspersen had 24 saves in the loss while OKC’s Drennen Atherton had 21 saves in the win.
Saturday, OKC scored early and often. Their first goal came at 4:35 with Zachary Paxman scoring on an assist from Ross Bartlett. Just 24 seconds later OKC got on the scoreboard again with Tomas Rubes scoring and assists from David Peska and Victor Ekk. Tulsa cut the lead in half at 12:17 of the period with Augusts Veidenbaums scoring at 12:17 with assists from Luke Novack and Bogdan Shleev. The 1st period came to a close with OKC leading 2-1. OKC scored early in the 2nd at 2:07 on a goal from Pavel Oxiouta with assists from Kiril Romanov and Rubes. They scored again just 39 seconds later on a goal from David Peska and assists from Rubes and Kody Smith. Tulsa kept pluggin along and trying to climb back in the game getting a goal at 11:07 from Miroslav Šmíďák from Shle
Sunday, the game began and looked like a it would be a defensive game. There was no scoring in the 1st period. Tulsa struck first in the 2nd period with Augusts Veidenbaums scoring at with an assist from Miroslav Šmíďák. The lead wouldn’t last for long as OKC’s Tomas Rubes scored at 17:12 with assists from Jared Guffey and Victor Ekk. The 2nd came to a close tied at 1 goal for each team. In the 3rd, OKC took the lead at 2:46 with Ivan Bondarenko scoring on the power play with an assist from Tomas Rubes. At 8:48, Rubes got a shorthanded goal with an assist going to David Peska. At 10:48, OKC scored another power play goal with Zachary Paxman getting the goal and assists from Drake Johnson and Viliam Seliga. At 15:54, Tulsa cut the lead in half when Bogdan Shleev scored on the power play with an assist from Augusts Veidenbaums. The game ended with OKC winning 4-2. Tulsa’s Brian Eisele had 37 saves in the loss. Former Junior Oiler Phil Babb was in net for OKC and had 19 saves.
What’s ahead for the Oilers:
The Oilers were in much need of a week off last week to heal from injuries. This week the Oilers will focus on a full week of practice to get ready for their next games against Oklahoma City and El Paso.
The Tulsa Junior Oilers are undefeated on Tulsa ice, 4 wins at Oilers Ice Center and 2 wins at BOK Center. Tulsa is 7-8-0 on the season and in 5th place in the Mid-Western Division. The next game for the Oilers is Wednesday, November 23rd in Oklahoma City against the Blazers. They return home the next night on Thanksgiving when they start a 3 game series with the El Paso Rhinos. Don’t forget to follow the Junior Oilers home and away atwww.WSHLStats.com/WSHL_TV.