TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa Oilers built a 4-0 lead and held off a fiesty St. Charles club for a 6-4 victory over the Chill on Friday night in front of 5,235 at the BOK Center. The Oilers (3-5-2) posted their highest offensive output of the season and earned their third consecutive victory in the first ever meeting between the two franchises.
Tulsa forward Ben Gordon pushed his point streak to seven games and gave his side the early lead on a sharp angle power play shot at4:22 of the opening period. Gordon fired from the left of the Chill net and somehow squeezed the puck past Mathieu Corbeil for his fourth goal of the season. Late in the first, the Oilers found themselves on another power play and Adam Pleskach’s perfect pass to the slot found the waiting stick of Oilers rookie Blair Macaulay. Playing in just his fourth game as a pro, Macaulay re-directed the puck past Corbeil for his first professional goal. The Oilers carried a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
The offensive onslaught continued in the second period when Michel Beausoleil jammed a loose puck past Corbeil at the 2:10 mark. Four minutes later, Pleskach beat Corbeil again from close range to give the Oilers a 4-0 lead and send the Chill netminder to the bench. In 26 minutes of action, Corbeil allowed four goals on 18 shots and was replaced by Robert Moss. The goalie switch seemed to spark St. Charles and the Chill began to mount a comeback. Goals from Anthony Perdicaro and Phil Bushbacher cut the Tulsa lead to 4-2 at the end of the middle frame.
Bushbacher brought the visitors within one when he banked a shot off of Oilers forward Ryan Cramer and past goalie Shane Madolora at4:04 of the third. The Oilers clung to a narrow 4-3 advantage until the latter stages of regulation when Pleskach’s drive to the net paid off with the game-winning goal. Kyle Bochek’s centering pass ricocheted off of Pleskach and past Moss to restore the Oilers two-goal edge. Kyle Kraemer tallied for St. Charles on the power play just 38 seconds after the Pleskach marker but the Chill comeback effort was finally derailed for good by Todd Robinson’s empty net goal at 19:01.
Six Oilers finished with multiple-point nights including Pleskach and Robinson who registered three points each. For the fifth straight game, each member of the Oilers second line, Pleskach, Bochek, and Brandon Coccimiglio, recorded at least one point. The Tulsa trio has combined to put up 28 points in the last five outings and has combined for +15 rating over that span.
Robinson found the net for the first time since opening night in Denver and Shane Madolora leveled his record at 3-3-0 on the season. The Oilers held St. Charles to just three shots in the first period and only allowed the Chill 20 shots on net for the game. The two clubs meet again Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. at the BOK Center.
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