OILERS EDGE AMERICANS 2-1

Ian Keserich shines and Chris Forney breaks a 1-1 tie late, as Tulsa sweeps Allen Saturday at the BOK Center..

TULSA, OK – There’s a tie atop the Mountain Division, as the Tulsa Oilers (33-20-6) edged the Allen Americans (20-34-6) 2-1 Saturday at the BOK Center to pull even with the Idaho Steelheads for first place.

Tulsa scored 2:30 into the game when Allen goaltender Lukas Hafner misplayed the puck and Scott Henegar capitalized with a short-handed goal. The Americans tied the game with just 5:15 left in the frame, when Zach Pochiro danced around a trio of Oilers and finished off a highlight-reel goal for his league-leading 31st of the season. The teams entered the first break tied 1-1.

The Oilers outshot the Americans 13-9 throughout a scoreless second period as the two teams entered the final stanza knotted at 1-1. Hafner and Oilers goaltender Ian Keserich traded big save for big save.

Still tied midway through the third, Keserich provided the save of the night, robbing Pochiro on a 2-on-1 rush with a glove snag. Shortly after a power play ended, Chris Forney put Tulsa in front for good when he snapped a shot past Hafner from the left circle.

The Oilers finish the weekend Sunday at 4:05pm against the Kansas City Mavericks at the BOK Center on “Faith and Family Night”. As is tradition for every Sunday home game, there will be a postgame skate with the Oilers players following the game. Special to the occasion, there will also be a postgame concert on the ice.

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