OILERS SINK AMERICANS AT ALLEN EVENT CENTER THANKS TO GREAT SECOND PERIOD
TheOilers ruined Beribeau’s multi-game shutout streak, hanging five goals on theMinnesota Wild prospect.
Allen, TX — Foursecond-period goals allowed the Oilers to defeat the Allen Americans 5-3 at theAllen Event Center on Friday.
The Oilers drew first blood against the Red Army,opening the scoring at 13:41 of the frame, Oilers’ leading point getter J.J,Piccincih picked up the puck from Jared Thomas before finding Steven Ruggiero, who wassneaking in from the point. The defenseman blew a puck through the five hole ofDereck Baribeau, ending his back-to-back game shutout streak. Jordan Topping’s22nd of the season tied the action at 1-1 at the 16:06 mark, tappingthe puck over the line after Olle Eriksson Ek’s initial save. The goal wasreviewed, but stood.
The Oilers dominated the second period, Cory Wardsmacked the puck off of an American player’s stick into the back of the net tomake the game 2-1 at the 3:04 mark of the second period. Piccinichextended the Tulsa lead to 3-1 with a goal of his own, courtesy of his new linemate, Robby Jackson at the 8:23 mark of the second period. Matt Register passedthe puck from behind his own, net directly to Charlie Sampair, who made no mistake in giving theOilers a 4-1 lead 14:44 into the second period. Piccinich returned the favor onJackson’s earlier assist, feeding Jackson a beautiful, back-door feed that therookie tapped in for his 19th goal on the season. Topping scored hissecond of the game with .3 second left in the middle frame to bring the scoreto 5-2 headed into the second intermission.
No one found the back of the net in the final frameuntil Allen’s Jared VanWormer scored with six seconds left, closing the game out at 5-3.
The Americans and Oilers will face off in a week-long rubber match at the BOK Center Sunday at 4:05 p.m. As with all Sunday Family Funday games, fans will be able to skate with the players at the conclusion of the game.
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