OILERS MOVE INTO FOURTH PLACEIN MOUNTAIN DIVISION WITH WIN OVER RUSH
Tulsanetted five unanswered goals to defeat Rapid City 6-3, moving into fourthplace in the Mountain Division.
RAPID CITY, SD — Tulsa scored five unanswered goals at theRushmore Plaza Civic Center on Friday night, storming back to beat Rapid City, jumping past theRush into fourth place in the Mountain Division.
The Oilers started with an early power play,something that has evaded them in recent outings, but the result was less thandesirable. Tyler Coulter tipped a point-to-point pass to send himself on a short-handedbreakaway. Devin Williams stopped Coulter’s chance, but Stephane Legaultfollowed up with his own chance, opening the scoring 5:41 into the game. TheOilers’ next power play was much more fruitful. Tesink put the puck toward thenet, allowing Danny Moynihan to roof a rebound over Tyler Parks with fiveseconds remaining on the man advantage, tying the game 1-1 8:50 in.
Rapid City once again got out to an early start inthe frame. Dane Birks scored the first even-strength goal of the game, steppinginto a shot from the blue line and blasting it over Williams to give the Rushtheir second lead of the game just 2:17 into the second period. PeterQuenneville added to his team’s lead a little more than 10 minutes later with apower-play goal of his own. The captain popped one past Williams at the 12:40mark of the period, bringing the game 3-1 in Rapid City’s favor. Tulsa’scaptain had an answer of his own. Miles Liberati found Adam Pleskach with apass to the right-wing wall. Pleskach stepped into the circle before ripping achance under the arm of Parks to cut the Rush lead to just one at the 17:10mark. Tulsa tied the game just 1:39 later. HunterDrew walked in from the blue line, cranking the puck toward Parks, who couldn’ttrack a deflection made by a streaking Charlie Sampair. The goal was Sampair’s 17thof the season and pulled the game even at threes with just 1:11 remaining inthe second period.
Neither team could score in the first half of thefinal period, but Pleskach found the back of the net with 8:20 remaining in thegame to give the Oilers three unanswered goals and their first lead of thenight. Liberati then gave the Oilers breathing room, scoring at the 17:33 mark ofthe final period to give Tulsa a 5-3 lead over the Rush. Liberati stepped infrom the point and sent a blast into the bottom-right corner of Parks’ cage.Moynihan topped things off with a center-ice, empty netter with just 51 secondsleft to close out the scoring, giving the forward both the first and last Oilers’goals on the night.
These two teams will meet again tomorrow night at8:05 p.m. CST before facing off at 5:05 p.m. CST on Sunday. Both games willtake place at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Tulsa and Rapid City will play justone more time this season after the weekend series.