TULSA, Okla. – Wichita (9-14-4) closed out its season-long road trip with a convincing victory on Friday night, beating the Tulsa Oilers (16-13-2) by the final of 8-2 at the BOK Center. Jesse Dudas and Matt Robinson each had a pair of goals while four others found the back of the net. Wichita trails in the StoneWolf Casino Cup Series 3-2-1 and will not face Tulsa until January 21st.
Wichita didn’t waste any time re-gaining its offensive touch early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. Dustin Donaghy scored his third of the season 42 seconds in from the left face-off dot that beat Shane Madolora to the short-side. Nick McParland made it 2-0 at 7:53 after he picked up a rebound from an Ian Lowe shot and tucked in a backhand shot for his fourth of the season. At11:48, Robinson got into the act with his 12th of the year that squirted through Madolora and rolled over the goal line to make it 3-0. At that point in the contest, Wichita had tallied three goals on just six shots on net. Tulsa was able to get on the board at 16:27 when Michel Beausoleil’s shot was tucked in by Drew Fisher past the blocker side leg of Taylor Nelson. Tempers started to flare in the final minutes of the period with several post-whistle scrums.
The Thunder offense didn’t slow down at the start of the second period. Matt Summers got around an Oilers’ defender at the blue line, skated in on a break-a-way and beat Madolora at 2:10 for his third of the season. Shortly after, Wichita was in the middle of killing off a hooking penalty against Matt Robinson. Lowe intercepted a pass at the top of the left circle, skated away from Beausoleil near the Oilers’ line. As he was trying to maneuver the puck to his forehand, Beausoleil gave him a tug on the arm. The official, Boone Bruggman, deemed it to be a penalty shot, which would be the second one for the Thunder this season and both coming against Tulsa. Lowe came up the left hash and found the net for his sixth of the year and chased Madolora from the game.
In the third, Dudas scored his first of two on the power play with a missile from the left point at 6:42 to make it 6-1. The Oilers got one back when Nathan Lutz put a backhand through Nelson at 9:59 to cut the lead to 6-2. Dudas answered with his second of the period at 13:52 with assists to Robinson and Booras. Robinson closed out the scoring with a two-on-one goal at 17:11 to make it 8-2.
Wichita finishes its road trip 3-2-0 and ties its season-high eight goals. The Thunder road record improves to 7-5-2. Wichita has outscored Tulsa 14-3 over the last two meetings at the BOK Center. Robinson was named the number one star, racking up his third three-point outing in his last four games and is two shy of reaching 100 goals in a Thunder uniform. Robinson would be just the fifth player in team history to hit that mark. Dudas (2g, 1a), Lowe (1g, 2a), and Jon Booras (3a) also had three-point nights. Nelson won for the second-straight game, stopping 25 of 27 shots. Madolora took the loss, stopping eight shots on just 13 shots in 24 minutes.
Wichita went 1-for-4 on the power play. Tulsa was 0-for-4.
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