PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: Oilers close 2013 with 4-2 loss in Missouri

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Tulsa Oilers finished 2013 the same way they ended the 2012 season, with a loss to the Mavericks at the Independence Events Center.  Although they carried a 1-0 lead into the third period, the Oilers surrendered three goals in the span of four and a half minutes and dropped a 4-2 decision to the Mavs.  Tulsa is now 0-4-0 against Missouri this season and extended its losing streak to three games.

After allowing their opponents to strike first in each of the last four contests, the Oilers were able to strike first against the Mavericks.  Todd Robinson elevated a backhand over the pad of Missouri goalie Shane Owen at the 3:56 mark of the opening frame.  Veteran forward Michel Beausoleil notched the second assist on Robinson’s goal and recorded his 700th professional point.

The Mavericks fired 22 shots at Tulsa goalie Shane Madolora in the second period but the second-year netminder held his ground and allowed the Oilers to sustain their 1-0 advantage into the third period.

With Tulsa on a power play at 5:32 of the final frame, Evan Vossen’s shorthanded snap shot found its way past Madolora and the home side evened the score at 1-1.  Just 40 seconds later, Mike Ramsay jetted out of the penalty box and received a pass on his tape from Dave Pszenyczny at the Oilers blue line.  Ramsay moved in all alone on Madolora and beat the Oilers goalie over the blocker to give his team its first lead of the night.

At 9:03 the Mavericks repeated the same play as Colten Hayes jumped out of the penalty box to connect with a stretch pass from Trevor Kell.  Hayes’ breakaway tally pushed the Mavs lead to 3-1 and the stunned Oilers were left playing catch up.  Kyle Bochek gave the Oilers hope when he buried his own rebound at 12:19 but as with so many previous visits to Missouri, the Oilers were unable to manufacture a game-tying goal in the closing seconds.  Pszenyczny officially sealed the win for the Mavericks with a late empty net goal on Missouri’s 47th shot of the night.

The Oilers have lost four straight New Year’s Eve games and enter the second half of the season with a 16-15-2 record.  Tulsa was unable to take advantage of any of its five power play chances while Missouri cashed in for one power play goal on seven opportunities.

Madolora turned in a 40-save performance for the second straight game and Bochek ended the night as the only Oiler to record multiple points (1 goal, 1 assist).

Tulsa travels to Aspen, Colorado on Friday, January 3 for the first of two games against the Denver Cutthroats.

Ben Gordon (13), Matt Stephenson (24) Ryan Cramer (27) Shane Owen (50) Henrik Odegaard (42), Shane Owen (50) Eric Castonguay (7) Matthew Kirzinger (7), Evan Vossen (12) Eric Castonguay (7) Andrew Courtney (27) Ben Gordon (13) 20131231_21395301

With Tulsa Oilers team release

Contact the photographer: les.stockton@prohockeynews.com

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