TULSA, Okla. – A three-goal third period powered the Tulsa Oilers to a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Sundogs in front of a Friday crowd of 4,077 at the BOK Center. The win snapped the Oilers brief two-game skid and pushed their record on home ice (6-5-0) above .500 for the first time this season.
Arizona started the scoring in the first period on a strike from Jordan Clendenning at the 9:24 mark. Tulsa answered to tie the contest just 49 seconds later with a power play tally from rookie forward Adam Pleskach. At 14:20, Oilers defenseman Scott Macaulay zipped a pass to the tape of Pleskach who chipped the puck past Sundogs’ goalie Andrew Engelage for his second score of the night. Pleskach recorded his third two-goal outing of the season and leads all Oilers with four multiple-goal games this season. With less than a minute remaining in the opening stanza, Travis Ouellete, playing his first game as a Sundog, scooped up a rebound off the end boards and fired over Tulsa netminder Shane Madolora to even the score at 2-2.
After a defensive stalemate in the second period yielded no goals for either side, the third period finally opened up in the Oilers favor. Todd Robinson, who entered the game tied for the CHL scoring lead with 30 points, rifled a shorthanded wrist shot past Engelage to push the Oilers back into the lead with 8:15 remaining in regulation. Robinson’s strike was just the second shorthanded goal of the season for the Oilers who came into the game having allowed a shorthanded marker in three consecutive contests.
Less than three minutes later, Paul McIlveen brought the Sundogs back once again. Arizona’s leading scorer snapped the puck over the blocker of Madolora for his team-high eighth goal of the season but it was the Tulsa offense that found another gear. At 16:40, rookie forward Blair Macaulay flung a pass from the right-wing boards across the Sundogs’ zone where Ryan Cramer blasted home a one-timer from one knee. Cramer’s seventh goal of the year gave Tulsa the lead for good. Michel Beausoleil provided an insurance marker at 18:06 and the Oilers won for the eleventh time in their last 15 games.
Madolora improved to 9-7-0 on the season with a 25-save performance. Scott Macaulay, Adam Pleskach, Todd Robinson, and Kyle Bochek each ended the night with two points and Tulsa found a way to pick up two points despite being outshot for a third straight game.
The Oilers travel to Wichita on Saturday night for their fifth meeting of the season with the Thunder and will return to the BOK Center on Sunday afternoon for another tilt against the Sundogs.