PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: Oilers defeat Thunder 4-0 for first home win

TULSA, Okla. – The renewal of the CHL’s longest rivalry was a decidedly one-sided affair on Wednesday night.  The Tulsa Oilers, led by two goals from Brandon Coccimiglio, rolled to their second straight victory with a 4-0 drubbing of the Wichita Thunder in front of 3,218 at the BOK Center.

The Oilers (2-5-2) allowed a season-low 18 shots against and vaulted from ninth to sixth place in the CHL standings. Coccimiglio and his linemates, Kyle Bochek and Adam Pleskach, entered Wednesday’s tilt on three-game point streaks and it didn’t take long for the trio to keep their momentum going.  At 7:45 of the opening period, the three forwards shared the puck on a rush into the Wichita zone that ended with Coccimiglio’s third goal of the season. The fourth-year pro snapped a shot past the blocker of Thunder goalie Taylor Nelson to give the home side an early 1-0 edge.

After a scoreless second period, the Oilers carried a precarious one-goal lead into the final frame and it was Coccimiglio who provided the insurance.  Only 38 seconds into the period, Coccimiglio deflected the puck out of the air and past Nelson for his second tally of the night and fourth in the last four games.  With the score still 2-0 in latter half of the third, Michel Beausoleil re-directed an Eric Tallent pass through the legs of Nelson for his fourth goal of the season to give the Oilers a 3-0 advantage.  Tulsa’s second line wasn’t quite finished as Coccimiglio connected with Pleskach who flicked the puck over Nelson’s shoulder for his third goal in four games at 17:30.

Tulsa goalie Shane Madolora turned aside 18 shots for his first shutout of the season and second consecutive victory. Coccimiglio finished the night with three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and Pleskach registered three points (1 goal, 2 assists) for the second time this season.  Kyle Bochek chipped in two assists to give the Oilers second line a combined total of 22 points in their last four games.  Ben Gordon, who assisted on Beausoleil’s goal, extended his team-high point streak to six games.

The Oilers, who have won two games in a row for the first time since February 15, have allowed just one goal in their last two outings. Tulsa is back on the ice at 7:35 p.m. on Friday at the BOK Center for the first ever meeting with the expansion St. Charles Chill.

With Tulsa Oilers release.

R.G. Flath Ben Gordon, Nelson Taylor Jon Madden Ben Gordon Drew Fisher Michel Beausoleil

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