On Friday, the crowd and the fans were a buzz. It was their first time to see the Junior Oilers at home and the new Oilers sweaters. Superior got on the board first at 7:33 of the first period scoring on the power play. Tulsa evened up the score at 11:40 of the first period with Sam Mancini scoring an unassisted goal. Superior took back the lead at 16:27 of the first period ending the first period with a 2-1 lead. The 2nd period was all Tulsa as they scored on the power play at 4:31 with Maxim Chegrintsev finding the back of the net and assists from Augusts Veidenbaums and Leonid Anikin. Tulsa’s goal at 19:10 came from Cooper DiBiase with assists from Mancini and Hunter Best. Tulsa began the scoring in the 3rd at 2:27 from Jesse Clark and assisted by Mancini. They scored again at 4:57 from Mancini, assisted by Luke Novack. Superior scored on the power play again at11:59 but Tulsa got another insurance goal at 16:46 with Chegrintsev scoring and assists for Veidenbaums and Best. Richard Albrecht had 38 saves between the pipes to pick up the win.
Saturday’s game just couldn’t muster the Junior Oilers magic. The first period ended with no score. Superior opened up the scoring in the second period at 7:30 then again at 9:14. Junior Oilers cut the lead in half in the closing seconds scoring on the power play at 19:54 with Luke Novack scoring and assist from Leonid Anikin and Maxim Chegrintsev. In the 3rd period, Superior put the pedal down and never let up scoring at 7:22, 13:54, 14:48, and 16:37. The final was 6-1 Superior. Richard Albrecht was again in net for Tulsa and had 25 saves.
On Sunday morning, both teams were eager to win the game and the series. Superior got the scoring started at8:50. Tulsa tied the game at 17:49 with Sam Mancini scoring and assists from Jesse Clark and Luke Novack and the 1st period ended tied at one goal each. Tulsa scored early in the second on the power play at 2:24 with Hunter Best scoring and assists from Maxim Chegrintsev and Mancini and held a 2-1 lead. Superior evened up the score at 8:38 then took the lead at 15:37. The 3rd period was hard hitting. Superior scored on the power play at 14:44 and also scored an empty net goal at 19:31 to seal the victory. Richard Albrecht played his 3rd game in as many days and had 42 saves.’
Around the WSHL:
-There are 3 undefeated teams in the league currently, and they are all in the Northwest Division: Missoula Maulers (10-0-0), Idaho Junior Steelheads (9-0-0), and Vancouver Rangers (8-0-0). Missoula leads the Northwest Division. The other division leaders are Valencia Flyers (8-1-0) in the Western, Colorado Eagles (9-2-0) in the Mountain, and Springfield Express (5-3-4).
-The El Paso Rhinos, who were the Midwestern Division Champions and the WSHL runners up last season, have not started their season yet. Their first games are in California this week as they face the Valencia Flyers on Thursday and Saturday and Long Beach Bombers on Friday. All other teams in the league have played at least 6 games.
-Damon Hanson of Missoula leads the league in scoring with 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points in 10 games. Sam Mancini leads Tulsa in scoring with 11 goals and 7 assists for 18 points in 9 games. He is currently 17th in the league in scoring.