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Tulsafalls 6-2 to Indy despite heavily outshooting the Fuel.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Tulsa outshot Indy 35-22, but fell 6-2at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday.
Neither team was able to jump on the board in aneven opening frame. Both teams had a chance on the power play, and Tulsamanaged to narrowly outshoot the Fuel six to five.
The second period was as tight as the first. KeoniTexeria ended the deadlock 4:37 into the second frame when he faked a drop passat the line before cutting across the front of the net, stretching DevinWilliams and depositing the puck on the forehand. J.J. Piccinichslung the puck across the offensive zone on the power play to find JaredThomas, who sniped former Oiler Dan Bakala 10:35 into the second period totie the game 1-1. Both of the period’s goals came on the man advantage, andTulsa nearly doubled Indy in shots, outshooting the Fuel 19-10 in the frame.
The third period seemed to be from a different game.Joe Sullivan gave Indy their second lead of the night, mirroring Texiera’searlier tally by cutting in front of Williams and sliding the puck pastthe goaltender. Bobby MacIntyre roofed the puck in tight just 17 seconds laterto give the Fuel a 3-1 lead with exactly 15 minutes remaining. Nathan Noel madethe game 4-1, scoring the first of three empty-net goals. Adam Pleskachpulled the game to 4-2 27 seconds later, jamming the puck home off a rebound onthe power play. MacIntrye scored an empty netter 11 seconds later for hissecond of the night. Former Kansas City Maverick Ryan Van Stralen closed outthe scoring with another empty-net goal, this one coming with just nine secondsleft.
The Oilers travel to Fort Wayne, IN to take on theKomets on Saturday before hosting Utah at the BOK Center on Tuesday.