by Mike Iles
The Tulsa Junior Oilers were at home this past weekend hosting the 2nd place Dallas Snipers for the second homestand of the season. Both teams needing wins to gain points and move up in the standings in the Midwestern Division.
On Friday, the scoring started early with the Junior Oilers scoring just 51 seconds of the opening period, scored by Sam Mancini with an assist for Jesse Clark. Tulsa scored again at 6:47 with Luke Novack scoring and a 2nd assist for Jesse Clark. Dallas cut the lead in half scoring at 11:25 and the first period ended with a score of 2-1 Tulsa. Dallas evened the score at 17:36 of the 2nd period and took a 3-2 lead at 18:58 ended the period 3-2 Dallas. The Snipers widened the lead scoring on a 2 man advantage power play at 1:35. With Tulsa on the power play, Novack scored his 2nd goal of the game with an assist to Sam Hiserodt. Tulsa tied the game up at 3:54 with a goal from Maxim Chegrintsev and an assist from Augusts Veidenbaums. Dallas took the lead again at 11:46 and then added an insurance goal on the power play at 19:38 to win the game 6-4. Richard Albrecht had 24 saves in the loss, his 4th of the season.
On Saturday, Tulsa was looking to rebound from the previous night’s loss and took an early lead with Maxim Chegrintsev scoring unassisted at 3:60. Sam Mancini added an unassisted goal at 7:58 and Tulsa had a 2-0 lead at the end of the 1st period. The 2nd period was a defensive period for both teams. August Veidenbaums scored at 12:29 with an assist for Sam Hiserodt. The period came to a close with Tulsa leading 3-0. Dallas got on the scoreboard at 2:45 of the 3rd period. Tulsa got that one back at 6:27 of the period with Veidenbaums scoring his 2ndgoal of the game, with assists for Alex Davis and Hiserodt. Dallas scored again on the power play at 14:36 but came up empty the rest of the game. Tyler Jansen had 33 saves for his first win of the season.
On Sunday, both teams were looking to take game 3 and win the series. Dallas scored the first goal of the game at 12:23. They added 2 shorthanded goals 21 seconds apart at 14:31 and 14:52. The first period closed with Dallas leading 3-0. Tulsa got on the board at 15:12 of the 2nd period with an unassisted goal from Maxim Chegrintsev and the 2nd period ended with Dallas leading 3-1. The 3rd period scoring started at 4:36 with Dallas scoring on the power play. Maxim Chegrintsev got his 2nd goal of the game at 4:56 with assists for Garrett Bryan and Luke Novack. Dallas scored again at 16:01 and also got an empty net goal at 19:13 to win the game 6-2. Tyler Jansen had 29 saves in the loss, his 3rd of the season.
Tulsa ends the weekend with a record of 5-7-0, 5th place in the Midwestern Division, trailing first place Oklahoma City by 6 points. The Junior Oilers travel to Denver to face the Colorado Evolution in a 3 game series this coming weekend. Their next home game is Wednesday, November 11th against their cross state rivals, the Oklahoma City Blazers. You can follow them on the road on FastHockey.com.
Around the WSHL:
- The WSHL announced that the Western States Shootout will be December 15-19 in Las Vegas. It will be the 15th consecutive year it has been held.
- The Missoula Maulers (12-0-0), Idaho Junior Steelheads (11-0-0), and Vancouver Rangers (8-0-0) are still the only undefeated teams in the league. They are all in the Northwest Division with Missoula currently atop the standings. Other division leaders are the Valencia Flyers (9-2-0) in the Western Division, the Colorado Eagles (12-2-0) in the Mountain Division, and the Oklahoma City Blazers (8-1-0) in the Midwestern Division.
- The Whitefish Wolverines (0-11-0), Lake Tahoe Icemen (0-15-0) and the Colorado Evolution (0-6-0) remain winless on the season.
- Damon Hanson of Missoula leads the league in scoring with 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in 12 games. Sam Mancini still leads Tulsa in scoring with 13 goals and 7 assists for 20 points in 12 games played.
- Here are where some former Tulsa Junior Oilers are now playing:
- Jordan Adler – Blaine Energy of the US Premier Hockey League (0 goals, 4 assists, 46 penalty minutes in 14 games played)
- Ivan Bukshevannyy – Sakhalinskie Akuly of the Molodezhnaya Hokkeinaya Liga in Russia (1 goal, 9 assists, 18 penalty minutes in 16 games played)
- Andy Howard – Western State Colorado University of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 3 (3 goals, 2 assists, 6 penalty minutes in 4 games played)
- Casey Neel – Meaford Knights of the Greater Metro Hockey League in Canada (1 goal, 1 assist, and 4 penalty minutes in 7 games played)
- Colter Pritchard – Springfield Express of the WSHL (1-0-0 with an .879 save percentage and a 4.00 goals against average, in 1 game played)
- Jason Small – Missouri State University of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (0 goals, 0 assists, 0 penalty minutes in 13 games played)
- Chantz Strickland – Meaford Knights of the Greater Metro Hockey League in Canada (0 goals, 1 assist, 0 penalty minutes in 5 games played)
- Kyle Truax – Gillette Wild of the North American Tier III Hockey League (3 goals, 6 assists, 10 penalty minutes in 20 games played)