Article by Mike Iles
The Oilers home opener began this past Friday evening at the Oilers Ice Center. The Snipers opened the scoring first with Alexander Yunanovscoring at 8:07 of the opening frame with assists going to Sterling Cooper and Peter Kutlak. Tulsa tied the game at 13:57 when Hunter Best scored, assisted by Miroslav Smid and Jesse Clark. Tulsa took the lead at 15:50 with Augusts Veidenbaumsscoring after getting an assist from Connor Rickabus. The 1stperiod ended with Tulsa leading 2-1. Dallas’ Kutlak-Yunanov-Cooper line got another tally to knot the score, Kutlak getting the goal. At 15:23, the Clark-Best pairing got on the scoresheetagain with Clark getting the goal and Best getting the assist. That goal put Tulsa in the lead for good. The third period was all Tulsa with Connor Rickabus scoring at 1:46 with an assist coming from Niko Walsh. Rickabus scored again at 10:43, assisted by Luke Novack. Tulsa scored again 26 seconds later when Taner Byrd scored on assists from Conor Dempsey and Luke Novack. Goaltender Henrik Kaspersen
On Saturday, Dallas got out of the gate first scoring at 6:04 with Alexsejs Ivasenko getting the goal with assists from Christopher Mingus and Robert Pientka. Tulsa’s Jiri Trubacik tied the game at 11:59 of the period. The 1st period ended tied at one goal each. Through the 2nd period and the 3rd period, both Brady Weiss of Dallas and Brian Eisele of Tulsa stood tall between the pipes, both netminders making acrobatic saves to preserve the tie as the teams went into overtime. However, Conor Dempsey scored 1:57 into OT to give Tulsa the win. His goal was assisted by Connor Rickabus. Tulsa’s Eisele had 29 saves picking up his first victory of the season, while his Dallas counterpart Alex Moustakis had 31 saves.
Sunday morning’s game continued the defensive play and the end of the 1st period had no goals. Tulsa scored a shorthanded goal at 13:03 of the 2nd with Conor Dempsey getting the goal, assisted by Anthony Podder. Tulsa scored again at 14:15 with Connor Rickabus scoring with an assist from Augusts Veidenbaums. Dallas cut the lead in half scoring on the power play at 18:29 with Peter Kutlak scoring, getting assists from Daniel Nordlander and Alexander Yunanov. The 2nd period ended with Tulsa leading 2-1. Dallas tied the game at 3 goals apiece when Sterling Cooper scored at 4:30 of the period, getting assists from Yunanov and Kutlak. Tulsa took the lead again just a little over a minute later when Jiri Trubacik scored from Luke Novack’s assist. Dallas tied it again at 8:56 with Yunanov getting the goal while Kutlak getting another assist. The 3rd period ended tied at 3 and we went to OT for the second game in a row. This time around, one OT period wouldn’t decide it. Niko Walsh got the game winner at 3:03 of the 2nd OT period. Bogdan Shleev got the assist. Tulsa’s Kyle Leavault got his first win of the season with 37 saves. Matt Stewart of Dallas got the loss but had 41 saves.
The Tulsa Junior Oilers are now 4-2-0 with 8 points on the season, currently tied for 2nd place with the Springfield Express. After 2 overtime wins this past weekend, they are 3-0 when playing in extra frames. This coming weekend, the Vail Powderhounds come to Tulsa for the first time. Friday night’s game is at 5:30pm at Oilers Ice Center. Saturday’s game is at 2pm at BOK Center and Sunday’s game is at 11am also at BOK Center. It is the first time the Junior Oilers have played at BOK Center in a few years. Be sure to check out all the games, home and away, at www.WSHLStats.com/WSHLTV. You can also follow us on Twitter at TulsaOilersWSHL and on Facebook at www.Facebook.
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