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SPECIAL TEAMS SEND STEELHEADS OVER OILERS IN SERIES FINALE

Sunday, February 12th
SPECIAL TEAMS SEND STEELHEADS OVER OILERS IN SERIES FINALE

SPECIAL TEAMS SEND STEELHEADS OVER OILERS IN SERIES FINALE

Oilers pull within one twice, can’t overcome short-handed goal and three power-play tallies 

BOISE, Idaho —The Tulsa Oilers, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, lost 5-3 to the Idaho Steelheads at Idaho Central Arena on Saturday night.

Justin Ducharme capitalized on a turnover from Daniel Mannella, opening the scoring 8:40 into the game with a power-play score. Antonio Stranges deposited a back-door tap in for the Steelheads’ second power-play goal of the period. Ducharme added his second of the frame with 5:32 left, giving his team a three-goal lead. Cameron Supryka wired a snapper past Adam Scheel with 3:12 left in the period on the power play, sending the game 3-1 into the first intermission.

Jarod Hilderman released a laser inside the post off a four-on-four face-off win by Tag Bertuzzi, pulling the Oilers within one 6:02 into the period. Willie Knerim scored his second goal in as many games, jumping on a turnover before burying a short-handed breakaway 2:57 past the midway-mark of the game. Eddie Matsushima halved the deficit, scoring a two-on-one feed from Blake McLaughlin at full speed with 3:02 left in the second.

Knearim notched his second of the night, a third Idaho power-play goal, finishing the scoring with 10:39 remaining — a 5-3 final.  

The Oilers return to Tulsa on Tuesday, taking on the Wichita Thunder on Valentine’s Day at 7:05 p.m. at the BOK Center.

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