Americans Power Past Oilers For 6-4 Win
ALLEN, TX – On the spookiest night of the year, the Oilers found out just how scary the Allen Americans can be.
The Americans, laden with AHL level players throughout the lineup, built a 4-0 lead on Wednesday night and held off a resilient Oilers squad for a 6-4 victory in front of 2,855 at the Allen Event Center.
Goals from Jason Dietsch, Scotty Howes, and Anthony Maiani, gave the home side a significant 3-0 advantage after the first period. After Maiani chipped his second tally of the evening to swell Allen’s lead to 4-0, the Oilers responded with a pair of power play goals from Ben Gordon and Michel Beausoleil. For Gordon, it was his third powerplay marker of the season and Beausoleil‘s goal gave him his 650th career point.
With the deficit cut to 4-2 entering the third, Tulsa‘s hopes were quickly dashed by Dietsch. The Americans’ forward jumped behind the Oilers defense and moved in alone on Tulsa netminder Ian Keserich. Dietsch beat Keserich high to the glove side and with just 11 seconds off the third period clock, Allen regained its three-goal edge. Brian McMillin redirected a Mike Berube blast past Keserich at the 6:04 mark of the final frame to put the contest out of reach. The Oilers refused to go quietly as Beausoleil banked in another power play goal and Ryan Cramer found the back of the net with just 2.2 seconds remaining.
Tulsa mustered only 14 shots on goal, its lowest total of the season, and allowed 38 shots from Allen, the highest total of any Oilers opponent through the first six games. The Oilers powerplay finished 3-5 on the night while the penalty killing unit shut down Allen’s top ranked powerplay on each of it’s five opportunities.
Sean Erickson (2 assists), Beausoleil (2 goals) and Matt Register (2 assists), who was facing his former team for the first time, each recorded multiple-point games.
The Oilers fell to 3-2-1 on the season while Allen improved to 4-1-0 and moved into sole possession of first place in the CHL standings. The two clubs will meet again Friday night in Allen at 7:05 p.m.