TULSA, Okla. – Phil Fox’s game-winning goal two minutes into overtime gave the Fort Worth Brahmas a 4-3 victory over the Tulsa Oilers Saturday night, extending the team’s road win streak to seven games.
The Brahmas held a 1-0 lead after one period of play as Sy Nutkevitch scored at 6:12 on Fort Worth’s second power play of the game. Tomas Klempa recovered a rebound off of Greg Eskedjian’s wrister from the high slot and fed Nutkevitch across the ice for a one-timer slapshot.
Fort Worth extended its lead to 2-0 at 4:58 of the second period when Austin Mayer fired a wrister past Tulsa netminder Shane Madolora. For the rookie, it was his seventh goal of the season and third in the last three games.
Tulsa evened the score with two quick goals before the halfway point of the middle frame. Justin Fox, who attended the Brahmas’ training camp in October, found the back of the net at 7:20 on a back-handed shot off of Ryan Cramer’s feed. Ryan Menei scored his team-leading 28th goal at 9:43 to tie the game.
The Brahmas regained their one-goal lead before the end of the second period as Phil Fox scored the team’s second power-play goal of the night at the 12:30 mark. For Fox, who was activated from the injured reserve Friday after missing a month and a half, it was his 17th goal of the season.
After a disallowed goal in the early moments of the third period denied Fort Worth of extending its lead, Oilers defenseman Jeff Buvinow evened the score at three goals apiece at 5:37. Buvinow’s goal was the only power-play conversion of the night for Tulsa and the only score for either team in the final frame.
Exactly two minutes into overtime, the Brahmas took advantage of another opportunity set up from an Eskedjian slapshot. Phil Fox deflected the puck in front of Madolora, redirecting it into the back of the net for the game-winning goal. Fox’s second of the night and 18th of the season was also his sixth game-winner of 2012-13, tying him for the league lead in that category.
Kristofer Westblom made 18 saves on 21 shots to improve to 18-5-3 this season. The Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan native’s 18 wins rank second among Central Hockey League goaltenders. Madolora made 41 saves, but allowed four goals to fall to 11-10-2.
Fort Worth outshot Tulsa 45-21. The Brahmas also outplayed the Oilers on special teams, converting on two of five power-play opportunities. For the fourth consecutive game, Fort Worth netted multiple goals on the man advantage, going 8-for-21 over that span. Tulsa went 1-for-3 on the power play.
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