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May 18, 2019
WALLEYE SNAP OILERS HOME WINNING STREAK
Toledo tops Tulsa 4-1 in Game 5, taking a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.
TULSA, OK– An eight-game home winning streak came to an end for the Tulsa Oilers (10-8-0) Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Toledo Walleye (11-3-2) at the BOK Center. The Walleye have a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.
The Oilers found the back of the net first when Adam Pleskachtipped a shot from Eric Drapluk for a power play goal midway through the opening frame. Toledo tied the game when Shane Berschbach snuck a shot through the legs of Devin Williams from low in the right circle. During a late Oilers power play, the Walleye drew a delayed Tulsa penalty and A.J. Jenks beat Williams on a short-handed breakaway to put Toledo ahead 2-1 after one. Williams left the game with an apparent injury at that point and Ian Keserich took his place between the pipes.
Toledo opened up a 30-18 shots advantage after two periods, continuing to cause problems for the Oilers. Dylan Sadowy stepped out of the penalty box and fed a pass over to Tyler Spezia, who beat Keserich on a breakaway. The Walleye carried the 3-1 lead into the final stanza.
The Oilers had a late chance with the goalie pulled, but a rebound attempt from Tanner Kaspickwas chipped just wide of the Toledo net. Berschbach scored an empty net goal in the final seconds to complete the scoring.
Game 6 of the series is Monday at 6:35pm CT at the Huntington Center in Toledo. If necessary, a Game 7 would resolve the series Wednesday in Tulsa at the BOK Center at 7:05pm. Monday’s game can be heard on The Sports Animal Radio Network, www.mixlr.com/tulsaoilers or ECHL TV, with pregame coverage starting at 6:15pm CT.
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