OILERS DOWN THUNDER, REMAIN PERFECT AT HOME
Two short-handed goals, a power-play tally and an even-strength score lift Oilers over Thunder
TULSA, Okla. —The Oilers, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, advanced to 2-2-0-0 on the season, defeating Wichita 4-1 to remain undefeated at home.
Evan Weinger kicked off the scoring for the second-straight home game, letting loose a heavy wrister 5:04 into the action. Weinger’s goal gives Tulsa the opening goal in all four games this season, with all but Weinger’s tally tonight coming in the opening-five minutes. Eddie Matsushima extended the Oilers’ lead to 2-0, completing a great display of team passing with 4:28 left in the first.
Matsushima followed up with his second of the game 3:46 into the second, snapping a short-handed breakaway past Evan Buitenhuis for his second of the game. Mark Liwiski pulled Wichita to 3-1, slapping a net-mouth scramble beyond Colten Ellis 2:01 past the midway mark of the game. Weinger joined the short-handed, two-goal game club with 57 seconds remaining in the period, sniping home a two-on-one, short-handed feed from Matsuhima.
Neither team found the back of the net in the third period, securing the Oilers 4-1 win.