OILERS WIN SHOOTOUT THRILLERIN FRONT OF 11,651 ON PINK IN THE RINK NIGHT
CharlieSampair scored his second shootout winner of the season, giving the Oilerstheir first win against the Central Division
TULSA, OK — The Oilers won 2-1 in a shootout overKalamazoo at the BOK Center on Friday night in front of 11,651 on Pink in theRink Night.
AdamPleskachslung the puck to the back post, where Jack Nevins received the pass andchipped it perfectly over Jake Kielly to open the scoring with his fifth 14:44into the first period. Olle Eriksson Ek — who was the runner-up for theECHL Goaltender of the Week — turned aside all nine shots he faced, giving theOilers a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes.
ErikssonEkdidn’t return for the second frame, and was replaced by Evan Fitzpatrick.Garret Ross pulled the game level 6:49 into the second period, tipping the puckfrom the lip of the crease and through Fitzpatrick’s five hole.
Neither team found the back of the net in the finalframe, with Kielly turning aside a staggering 16 shots in the final period toforce the game into overtime.
Both teams put up four shots in the extra frame, butneither team found the back of the net, forcing the game to a shootout.
CharlieSampairtook the first shot of the skills contest, scoring the lone goal of theshootout on the first chance by bouncing the puck of the post and past Kielly.The goal was Sampair’s second shootout winner of the season.
Tulsa will host a season-series rubber match with Kalamazoo Saturday at 7:05at the BOK Center. Idaho will follow to town, with a 4:05 p.m. matineeshowdown. As with every Sunday game, fans will be able to skate with theplayers at the conclusion of the game.
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