PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: Tulsa Oilers @ Missouri Mavericks 01/11/13

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The road futility of the Tulsa Oilers finally came to an end at the Independence Events Center on Friday night. With a 31-save performance by Shane Madolora and a goal from newly-signed forward Patrick Schafer, the Oilers snapped a 12-game road losing streak by posting a 4-1 win over the Missouri Mavericks.
Schafer, who appeared in 36 games last season for the Mavericks, made his debut in an Oilers jersey and made his former team pay by opening the scoring at 7:44 of the first period. When Ryan Barlock’s shot slid across the Missouri crease, Schafer was waiting on the far post to shovel the puck home for his first goal in an Oilers jersey.
It was 1-0 Oilers late in the first period, when Ryan Menei recorded his 12th goal of the season by snapping a shot over the glove hand shoulder of Mike Clemente. Tulsa took a 2-0 advantage into the second intermission.
Mavericks forward Colt King brought the capacity crowd back to life when he poked home a rebound at 12:15 of the third, but Missouri was unable to complete the comeback. With less than a minute to play, Ryan Cramer banked a pass off the boards to a hard-charging Mariani who had just been released out of the penalty box. The Oilers defenseman, playing in his 100th career game, beat everyone down the ice and flipped the puck into the empty net. Mariani’s first goal of the season ended the Mavericks’ hopes and Ben Gordon added another empty net tally just 25 seconds later.
Not only did the Oilers snap a 12-game road losing streak, they also ended a four-game skid overall and earned two points for just the second time in their last 16 outings. Tulsa won for the first time in seven trips to Missouri and improved to 2-3-0 against the Mavericks this season. The following images were recorded at the Independence Events Center on Friday.

Missouri goaltender Mike Clemente focuses prior to the game

Missouri goaltender Mike Clemente focuses prior to the game

Missouri%27s Brandon Smith tries to block a shot from Tulsa%27s Ryan Menei

Missouri%27s Brandon Smith tries to block a shot from Tulsa%27s Ryan Menei

Kyle Mariani moves into action

Kyle Mariani moves into action

Tulsa Captain Tyler Fleck at the ready

Tulsa Captain Tyler Fleck at the ready

Missouri goalie Mike Clemente makes a stick save

Missouri goalie Mike Clemente makes a stick save

Tulsa goalie Shane Madolora makes a glove save

Tulsa goalie Shane Madolora makes a glove save

Missouri%27s Kellan Tochkin tries to defend against Tulsa%27s Kyle Mariani as he prepares to score an open net goal

Missouri%27s Kellan Tochkin tries to defend against Tulsa%27s Kyle Mariani as he prepares to score an open net goal

Missouri%27s Jared Lavender blocks a shot from Tulsa%27s Drew Fisher

Missouri%27s Jared Lavender blocks a shot from Tulsa%27s Drew Fisher

Missouri goaltender Mike Clement makes a diving save

Missouri goaltender Mike Clement makes a diving save

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Tulsa%27s Kyle Mariani Oilers checks Missouri%27s Brandon Smith off of the puck

Tulsa%27s Kyle Mariani Oilers checks Missouri%27s Brandon Smith off of the puck

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