TULSA WINS DRAMATIC GAME 4 IN OVERTIME
39-save effort from Devin Williams and game-winning goalfrom Charlie Sampair help Oilers even Western Conference Finals series.
TULSA, OK – Priorto the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs, it had been 25 years since the Tulsa Oilers(10-7-0) won an overtime playoff game on home ice. They now have two in 33days, after Charlie Sampair scoredthe game-winner 9:41 into overtime to help the Oilers beat the Toledo Walleye(10-3-2), 2-1 Friday at the BOK Center. The best-of-seven Western ConferenceFinals series is now tied 2-2.
The momentum in an evenly-played first period shifted inToledo’s favor late in the frame, as the Walleye controlled the puck possessionin the final five minutes, leading to the game’s first goal. Brendan Kotyk’sshot from the point made it through traffic and into the net with 2:21 left inthe period as Toledo carried the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Tulsa tied the game on a second period power play, when Alex Dostie was left all alone in thehigh slot and ripped a wrist shot passed Toledo goaltender Pat Nagle. Late inthe stanza, Devin Williams made ahuge left pad, buzzer-beating save on a short-handed breakaway, robbing Toledo’sBen Storm. The follow-up from A.J. Jenks clanked off the post right at thehorn, as the teams entered the third period tied at 1-1.
After a scoreless third period where Williams and Nagletraded big save for big save, Sampair turned at the top of the right circle andsnapped a shot from the slot underneath the crossbar to win the game inovertime.
Game5 of the series is Saturday at 7:05pm at the BOK Center, before the two teamshead back to the Huntington Center in Toledo for Game 6 Monday at 6:35pm CT. Ifnecessary, a Game 7 would resolve the series Wednesday in Tulsa at the BOKCenter at 7:05pm.
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