PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: Bloomington Blaze vs. Tulsa Oilers 11/23/12

TULSA, Okla. – The Bloomington Blaze earned a 6-5 overtime victory in a high-scoring affair over the Tulsa Oilers on Friday night at the BOK Center.
The teams traded goals in the opening period, with Tulsa striking first just 2:48 into the contest as Gary Steffes scored on assists from Kyle Mariani and David Beauregard. 
The Blaze evened the game with 11:09 left in the opening period when Matthew Larke registered an unassisted goal.
The game remained even at 1-1 until the Oilers took a lead on a Gio Flamminio tally with 5:53 left in the second period, assisted by Beauregard and Matt Register. 
The Blaze regained a lead with three straight goals, the first two just a minute apart by Kyle Bochek assisted by Travis Granbois and Nicholas Rioux assisted by Jon Booras and Jesse Dudas. 
Granbois scored with just 18 seconds left in the middle period assisted by Tyler Gron, but Steffes from Mariani and Drew Fisher answered with only five seconds remaining to cut the Blaze lead to 4-3 at the second intermission.
The Oilers scored a pair of goals early in the third period when Ben Gordon tallied just 4:06 in followed by a Matt Gingera score just two minutes later to give the hosts a 5-4 lead. 
Bochek tied the score with his second goal of the night at the 10:00 mark of the third period assisted by Booras. Jesse Dudas registered the game-winner with 2:38 remaining in overtime with a top-shelf tally assisted by Booras.
Each team failed to score on four power play chances. Gerry Festa took the win in net for the Blaze with 40 saves while the loss went to Dan Bakala with 32 stops.
The following images were recorded Friday evening at the BOK Center.

Tulsa took on the Gotham City Crusaders moniker for the game

Tulsa took on the Gotham City Crusaders moniker for the game

Tulsa%27s Ryan Menei skates back to the bench

Tulsa%27s Ryan Menei skates back to the bench

Bloomington defenseman Michael Trebish clears the puck away from goalie Gerry Festa

Bloomington defenseman Michael Trebish clears the puck away from goalie Gerry Festa

Bloomington goalie Gerry Festa defends against an attack by Tulsa%27s Mike Ullrich

Bloomington goalie Gerry Festa defends against an attack by Tulsa%27s Mike Ullrich

Tulsa%27s Sean Erickson moves into position

Tulsa%27s Sean Erickson moves into position

Tulsa%27s Ben Gordon high-fives the bench after his third period tally

Tulsa%27s Ben Gordon high-fives the bench after his third period tally

Tulsa goalie Dan Bakala makes a save

Tulsa goalie Dan Bakala makes a save

Tulsa%27s Mike Ullrich advances the puck with Bloomington%27s Matthew Larke in pursuit

Tulsa%27s Mike Ullrich advances the puck with Bloomington%27s Matthew Larke in pursuit

Tulsa%27s Gary Steffes and Bloomington%27s Nicklas Lindberg meet for a face-off

Tulsa%27s Gary Steffes and Bloomington%27s Nicklas Lindberg meet for a face-off

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Bloomington%27s Jon Booras skates into action

Bloomington%27s Jon Booras skates into action

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