TULSA, Okla. – As the Tulsa Oilers discovered on Saturday night, the fortunes of a hockey team can change dramatically in the span of just 24 hours. After a 9-4 shellacking of the Arizona Sundogs on Friday evening, a contest in which the Oilers could do no wrong on offense, Tulsa struggled to manufacture scoring chances on Saturday and suffered a 4-2 loss to the Sundogs. The Oilers fell for the first time in February and watched their season-high five-game win streak come to an end.
Sundogs forward Bryan Cameron broke a scoreless tie at 14:48 of the first period by finishing off a two-on-one rush with a nifty wrist shot over the glove of Oilers goalie Brad Fogal. Only three minutes later, Cameron struck again when he reeled in a rebound and buried the puck from the side of the crease to give the visitors a 2-0 edge.
Arizona goalie Andrew Engelage kept the Oilers silent until the 17:13 mark of the second period when Adam Pleskach’s pass from the corner bounced off of Ben Gordon and ricocheted over Engelage into the net. Gordon’s seventh goal in the the last four games and 26th of the season cut the Sundogs lead to 2-1 heading into the third period.
With Tulsa defenseman Scott Macaulay serving a tripping minor, Sundogs forward Kevin Baker pounced on a loose puck in the slot and rifled a shot through Fogal to push Arizona’s advantage back to two goals with only two minutes gone by in the final frame. A partial breakaway goal from Blair Macaulay brought the Oilers back within one at 6:50 but Arizona’s defense tightened and prevented Tulsa from completing the comeback. Sebastian Geoffrion, who dropped the gloves with Oilers defenseman Ryan Barlock for the second night in a row, slid in an empty net tally at 19:02 to seal the victory for Arizona.
Tulsa ended the night 0-for-2 on the power play and was outshot for the sixth consecutive contest. Oilers center Todd Robinson, who re-aggravated a lower body injury on Friday, was not active on Saturday night and has missed seven of the last eight games.
The two clubs split their weekend series in Tulsa and will now prepare for a pair of games in Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Oilers dropped back into a tie with Arizona and Brampton for sixth place in the CHL standings.
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