PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: Gordon’s hat-trick, Robinson’s milestone highlight Oilers rout of Beast

TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa Oilers scored six goals on seven shots in the third period on Saturday night at the BOK Center and cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Brampton Beast.  Ben Gordon recorded his second hat-trick of the season and Todd Robinson dished out his 1,000th career assist as the Oilers blitzed the Beast for the second straight night. Tulsa has won three in a row and outscored its opponents 15-4 in the last three contests.

After a scoreless first period, Beast forward Jason Pitton fired the puck past Shane Madolora and inside the far post to give Brampton a 1-0 lead just 18 seconds into the second period.  At the 8:13 mark the Oilers found the equalizer as Gordon blasted a one-timer through Beast goalie Grant Rollheiser for his 19th goal of the season.  Through 40 minutes of action, the two sides were tied at 1-1 and even in shots on goal with 20 apiece.

Nearly eight minutes into the final frame, Oilers winger Michel Beausoleil gave the home side its first lead of the evening.  Beausoleil drove hard to the front of the Brampton net and tipped in a pass from Eric Tallent for his 20th tally of the season.  With Andrew Darrigo sent off for hooking at 8:23, the Oilers took full advantage of their second power play of the game.  Beausoleil slapped a pass across the Brampton crease and Gordon tapped the puck behind Rollheiser to provide the Oilers a two-goal cushion.  Pitton answered quickly for the visitors with a powerful blast from the left circle that sailed over the glove of Madolora.  With 9:36 remaining, Tulsa’s lead was trimmed to 3-2.

Ryan Cramer flipped a loose puck past Rollheiser at 11:43 and suddenly the Oilers offense turned into an unstoppable force.  Just 41 seconds after Cramer gave the Oilers a 4-2 edge, Beausoleil slammed home his second goal of the game from the side of the Beast net.  The veteran forward was set up by Blair Macaulay and Todd Robinson who collected the second assist to reach another amazing benchmark in his 15-year career. Robinson’s 1,000th assist came in his 971st professional game and helped the Oilers gain a 5-2 advantage.

Successive roughing and slashing calls against Steve Makway and Rob Collins led to a 5-on-3 power play for the Oilers and gave Gordon the chance to finish off his hat-trick. When a Nathan Lutz slap shot was turned aside by Rollheiser, Gordon tucked away the rebound and the Oilers were up by four.  Cramer concluded the Oilers onslaught with a snap shot past Rollheiser at 17:42 as Tulsa reached the seven-goal plateau for the third time this season.  Cody Dion, playing in his first game as an Oiler, assisted on Cramer’s tally to register his first CHL point.

Madolora, who made his 18th consecutive start in the Tulsa net, made 24 saves and has only allowed five goals in his last four outings.  Tulsa, which won four of the six games in the season series from Brampton, finished the night 2-for-4 on the power play and had six players record multiple points.

Andrew Fournier (9), Ryan Barlock (42) Ryan Menei (10) Matt Caruana (20) Drew Fisher (20) Ben Gordon (13), Steve Makway (15), Michael MacIsaac (14) Tyler Butler (23)

With Tulsa Oilers team release

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