TULSA, Okla. – Sunday afternoon marked the end of the 2012-13 Central Hockey League regular season, with the Allen Americans taking on the Tulsa Oilers in a huge game for the Americans. A victory in Sunday afternoon’s game would secure both the Governor’s Cup and home ice advantage in the playoffs for the Americans.
Allen opened the scoring early when Jarret Lukin netted his 18th goal of the year, assisted by Brian McMillin and Jason Deitsch at 2:16 of the opening frame.
Tulsa answered right back to knot the score just 68 seconds later on a goal by Drew Fisher with assists going to Ryan Menei and Sean Erickson.
The Americans regained the lead on Kale Kerbashian’s 11th goal of the year, assisted by Chris Doyle at the 13:36 mark as Allen outshot the Oilers in the first period by a count of 11-10.
Tulsa once again brought the game level when Ryan Cramer knocked a rebound past Aaron Dell, assists going to Justin Fox and Ryan Menei at 10:40 for the period’s lone goal. Allen once again outshot the Oilers 13-8 in the second period and led the two period total 24-18.
It took until the final period for the first penalty to be called and Allen took full advantage of it as Brian McMillin netted his 15th goal of the season and the game winner, assisted by Trevor Hendrikx and Adam Pineault at 2:26. Allen outshot the Oilers through three periods 30-24 with the third period being tied 6-6.
With the victory, the Americans regular season record stands at 39-18-9 for 87 points, earning them their second Governor’s Cup title in four seasons in the Central Hockey League. It also cements home ice advantage throughout the Americans playoff run.
The following images were recorded at the BOK Center on Sunday afternoon.
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