THIRD PERIOD RALLY GIVES THUNDER OVERTIME VICTORY OVER OILERS
An overtime loss gives the Oilers a 9-1-2-1 record against their longest-standing rivals
WICHITA, KS — The Oilers fell 4-3 in overtime at INTRUST Bank Arena on Sunday evening, finishing the campaign with a 9-1-2-1 record against the Thunder.
Both teams left the opening period with no goals on the board, despite 27 total chances between the two squads — 15 for the Oilers and 12 for the Thunder.
Mike McKee channeled his inner Tulsan, opening the scoring 9:18 into the middle period with a shot from the left point that found the top of the net. Robby Jackson netted a power-play goal with 2:15 left in the middle frame, finishing a rebound on the short side to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
Ryan White opened the Thunder’s scoring account 3:54 into the third period, outwaiting Hayden Hawkey before depositing a forehand chance to pull Wichita within one. Peter Crinella leveled the game 2-2 6:34 into the third period, roofing a sharp-angle, in-tight chance over the shoulder of Hawkey. Alex Peters gave Wichita its first lead of the night, finishing a two-on-one, short-handed chance 8:51 into the third. Vincent Marleau forced overtime with 4:31 remaining, tipping a point shot from Alex Brooks into the lower-left corner of Evan Buitenhuis’ net.
Matteo Gennaro finished the game with his 25th goal of the season, dusting off a Peters’ feed 2:23 into the extra period.
The Oilers close out the season against Kansas City with a 7:05 p.m. game on June 4 at Cable Dahmer Arena.
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