Schaafsma’s Hat-Trick Buries Oilers
TULSA, OK - The Tulsa Oilers were overwhelmed and outplayed from start to finish on Sunday afternoon as the first-place Allen Americans cruised to a 5-1 win in front of 3,519 at the BOK Center.
The first period quickly turned into a one-sided affair in favor of the Americans. Jamie Schaafsma rocketed a shot past Shane Madolora at the 6:46 to give the Americans the early lead. Allen, the No. 2 ranked team in the Central Hockey League on powerplays, then scored on two straight powerplay goals. With 9:45 remaining, Trevor Ludwig sent one over Madolora’s shoulder. Two minutes later, Adam Pineault connected re-directed Trevor Hendrikx’s blast to make it 3-0.
The Americans added to the pain in the second period. One minute and 31 seconds in, Schaafsma secured a rebound and knocked it into the net. With just 35 seconds remaining in the middle frame, Schaafsma put in his third goal to give the Ontario native a hat-trick and swell the advantage to 5-0. Schaafsma had four points overall (3 goals, 1 assist), which gives him 37 this year.
Tulsa got on the board one minute and four seconds into the final frame when Ben Gordon connected for his 26th goal of the season. Michel Beausoleil centered a pass for Ryan Cramer who rifled a shot off the shoulder of Allen goalie Steve Silverthorn that sat at the side of net for Gordon to clean up.
After five consecutive victories, the Oilers have now lost two straight games by a combined score of 10-3. Tulsa had also won five straight at the BOK Center coming into Sunday’s outing, their longest win streak on home ice since December 2011.
The Americans extended their league-leading road record to 14-3-4, and their overall record 27-10-8.
For the majority of the night Tulsa was unable to solve Silverthorn, who ended with 27 saves. Madolora made his 20th start in his last 22 games and had 23 saves but was overpowered for his first loss since Jan. 26.
The Oilers fall to 17-29-3 on the season, and will look to rebound Tuesday night against the Americans at 7:05 p.m. at the BOK Center.