PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: Tulsa Oilers vs. Allen Americans 11/30/12

TULSA, Okla. – Down by three goals in the second period to the top team in the CHL, the outlook seemed extremely bleak for the Tulsa Oilers on Friday night at the BOK Center. 
In serious danger of losing to the Allen Americans for a fifth straight time, the Oilers fought back to post an improbable 5-4 victory and snap their season-long five-game losing streak.
After Scotty Howes’ power play goal put Allen up 3-0 at 1:13 of the second frame, Ryan Menei provided a much needed spark for the Tulsa offense. Menei, who extended his point streak to five games, whistled a wrist shot past the blocker of Steve Silverthorn at 4:54 to put the Oilers on the board. 
The comeback had begun.
Four minutes later, off an offensive zone face off, Oilers center Gary Steffes muscled his way to the Allen net and tucked the puck under the crossbar to pull the home team back within one. 
Defenseman Sean Erickson scored his first goal of the season and knotted the game at 3-3 when he blasted a slap shot past Silverthorn at 15:45. 
Less than two minutes ticked off the clock before the puck was back in the Allen net. Drew Fisher beat Silverthorn from the left wing side at 17:43 and for the first time in five meetings, the Oilers had a lead on the Americans. 
Howes tied the game at 4-4 with just 13 seconds remaining in the period to momentarily stall the Oilers momentum and set up a tense third period. Howes was a one-man wrecking crew for the Americans and finished the night with three goals, one assist, and nine shots on goal.
The Oilers weathered an early third period storm when they were forced to kill off a 4-on-3 Allen power play. The game remained even until the 10:40 mark when Kyle Mariani’s shot was redirected into the net by the quick stick of Ben Gordon. Tulsa was back in front on Gordon’s tenth tally of the season.
With Silverthorn on the bench and Gio Flamminio in the penalty box, the Oilers had to survive a 6-on-4 Americans advantage. The Oilers didn’t allow a single Allen shot in the final 60 seconds and held on to secure  the win.
Tulsa goalie Mike Garman, who played nine games in a Tulsa jersey last season, was re-signed by the team less than 24 hours before the game. The 25-year old shook off the early Allen goals and ended the evening with 32 saves on 36 shots.
Ten players earned at least one point for the Oilers who improved to 7-9-2 on the season and 4-3-2 on home ice.
The following images were recorded at the BOK Center on Friday evening.

Allen%27s Jason Deitsch moves the puck along the boards

Allen%27s Jason Deitsch moves the puck along the boards

Tylsa goalie Mike Garman at the ready

Tylsa goalie Mike Garman at the ready

Tulsa%27s Ryan Menei scores on Allen goalie Steve Silverthorn

Tulsa%27s Ryan Menei scores on Allen goalie Steve Silverthorn

Americans defenseman Trevor Ludwig looks for a shot

Americans defenseman Trevor Ludwig looks for a shot

Tulsa%27s Sean Erickson battles the Americans%27 Scotty Howes

Tulsa%27s Sean Erickson battles the Americans%27 Scotty Howes

Tulsa%27s Ben Gordon celebrates a goal

Tulsa%27s Ben Gordon celebrates a goal

Allen%27s Scotty Howes moves into the fray

Allen%27s Scotty Howes moves into the fray

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