Oilers Opening Win A Real Killer
Sparked by killing four straight penalties in the third period while nursing a one goal lead, the Tulsa Oilers held on for an opening night 4-3 win over the Wichita Thunder Friday at the BOK Center.
After Jesse Bennefield’s two first period goals staked Wichita to a 2-0 lead, Harrison Reed, just assigned to the Oilers from the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, got the Oilers on the board just 49 seconds later. Reed then notched his second goal with 1:27 left in the period, making the score Bennefield 2, Reed 2.
Bobby Hughes’ power play goal just 39 seconds into the second period gave Wichita the lead once again. But the Oilers struck back on a rare shorthanded goal on a two man disadvantage. Mike Beausoleil knocked the puck down after an errant clearing attempt by goaltender Ian Keserich. his shot from the right point beat Keserich back to the goal to tie the came. Chad Costello, who assisted on both of Reed’s first period goals, scored a power play goal converintg a pass from Jack Combs at the left edge of the goal crease.
The third period belonged to the Oiler penalty killers and goaltender Trevor Cann. Wichita had four straight power play opportunities including three in a span of 6:57 but Cann was able to stop all 11 shots he saw in the period.
The same two teams meet Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Wichita. the game can be heard at www.tulsaoilers.com and viewed at CHLTV.com