THUNDER EVEN SEASON SERIES WITH 4-2 WIN OVER OILERS
TheOilers lost to the Wichita Thunder 4-2, bringing the season series to 2-2
WICHITA, KS— The Oilers couldn’t make it three-straightvictories at INTRUST Bank Arena on Saturday, losing to the Thunder 4-2.
Tulsa’s first period scoring troubles continued, butthe game remained tied through the opening frame with neither team finding theback of the net. Olle Eriksson Ek and Mitch Gillam stopped nine shotseach.
Peter Crinella broke the deadlock 5:08 into themiddle stanza, roofing the puck off a rebound created by a Cameron Hebig shot. JackKopacka beat Gillam off a turnover in the Thunder zone 1:13 later, givingthe forward his first goal since being assigned to Tulsa by the Anaheim Ducksearlier in the week. Patrick Parkkonen scored with 1:53 left in the secondframe, blasting a riser from the left point over the glove of Eriksson Ek,giving the Thunder a one-goal lead before the end of the middle period.
Stefan Fournier built off the momentum of the lategoal, depositing a tap-in chance into a yawning cage less than a minute intothe final period. Danny Moynihan answered with his team-leading 10thgoal of the season, batting the puck out of the air, cutting the Thunder leadto 3-2. Ostap Safin restored Wichita’s two-goal lead at the 9:18 mark of thefinal frame, popping a chance short side over the shoulder of Eriksson Ek.
The Oilers will have a chance to pull ahead in the season series with three-straight contests at the BOK Center against the Thunder on Dec. 13, 14 and 15.