TULSA, Okla. – A power play with under five minutes remaining in the third period turned disastrous for the Tulsa Oilers on Saturday night at the BOK Center in a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Missouri Mavericks. After serving his two minutes in the penalty box, Mavs’ defenseman Dave Pszenyczny darted back onto the ice and found himself all alone at the Oilers’ blue line. Pszenyczy received a pass from John-Scott Dickson and stunned the Oilers by finishing his breakaway with the game-winning goal.
The two teams battled to a scoreless draw in the first period and Missouri was able to build a 2-0 advantage in the second frame thanks to goals from Andrew Courtney and Mike Ramsay. Tulsa forward Ryan Cramer put his team on the board at 16:12 of the second period by toe-dragging his way toward the net and roofing a snap shot over Missouri goalie Shane Owen. The Oilers trailed 2-1 heading into the final period.
At 6:44 of the third, Oilers center Kyle Bochek attacked the net and batted the puck past Owen to level the contest at 2-2. The score remained even into the home stretch of regulation when the Oilers were rewarded with a power play. Pszenyczny tripped Tulsa forward Todd Robinson and the Oilers looked to strike on the man-advantage for their first lead of the evening.
As the power play time expired Pszenyczny recogized his opportunity and pounced. The veteran blue-liner raced toward the Tulsa net and beat goaltender Shane Madolora with a low shot along the ice. Missouri was back in front with just 2:47 on the clock. The Oilers, who outshot the Mavericks 34-19, were unable to find the equalizer over the final few minutes and fell to 0-3-0 against the Mavs this season with each loss decided by just one goal.
The Oilers five-game home win streak was snapped and they were unable to take advantage of an opportunity to jump over Missouri and into second place in the CHL standings. Tulsa dropped to 2-9-1 this season when trailing after two periods while Missouri ran its record to 15-1-0 when holding a lead after 40 minutes.
Tulsa heads into the holiday break having lost three of its last four games but still holding down the third spot in the rankings. The Oilers four-game home stand will continue on December 26 at 7:35 p.m. against the Allen Americans on “Ugly Christmas Sweater Night” at the BOK Center.
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