Oilers return home but fall to Allen again
BY JOHN RITTENOURE World Correspondent
Sunday, November 04, 2012
11/04/12 at 4:48 AM
The Tulsa Oilers put up a good fight on Saturday night, but it was not enough and the Allen Americans handed Tulsa their third straight loss before a BOK Center crowd of 4,262.
After losing to the Americans on Wednesday and Friday in Texas, the Oilers were hoping to turn things around at home. They almost did. But in the third period the Americans scored two goals around one by the Oilers' Gary Steffes and the Oilers lost 6-3. The loss dropped them to 3-4-1.
"We need to get some saves," said Oilers coach Bruce Ramsay. "I don't want to harp on goalies but I need saves in the net.
"This is two games in a row with these guys we have give up a low amount of shots. And our discipline. We killed off 14 power plays over the last two games then we take two minor periods at the end of the second period and they scored on both of them.
"This team, Allen, is very, very good and if we are going to be in the (penalty) box we are going to pay."
The Americans opened the game with the only goal of the first period when Jarret Lukin stuffed the puck under Oilers goaltender Ian Keserich for a 1-0 Allen Lead.
But the Oilers turned up the intensity level in the second period to take a brief 2-1 lead before Allen took control. Ben Gordon fired a high shot just under the cross bar for a 1-1 tie at 2:15. It was Gordon's fifth goal of the year and his eighth point in eight games.
Michel Beausoleil blasted a shot that pinged off the post and appeared to just cross the line. The goal light came on and referee Boone Bruggman initially waved off the goal. After an officials conference that included the goal judge, the goal was allowed and the Oilers were ahead.
Tulsa outshot the Americans 13-7 for the period as they continued their aggressive attack, but several missed opportunities worked against them as Lukin (his second of the night), Jason Deitsch and Jamie Schaafsma closed out the period with goals, the last two powerplays, for a 4-2 lead.
Game notes: Veteran Tyler Fleck has been placed on 7-day injured reserve and did not play Saturday after suffering a minor injury in a home game Oct. 28. Defenseman Brock Meadows was moved from 7-day to 14-day IR.
Rookie forward Ryan Green was signed on Oct. 31 and was in the Oilers lineup Saturday. Green played for the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL last season.
ALLEN 6, TULSA 3
First Period: 1, Allen, Lukin, 3 (Schaafsma, Pineault) 15:03. Penalties: Allen, Musitelli (fighting) :37. Tulsa, Ofukany (fighting) :37. Allen, Daniels (hooking) 1:26. Tulsa, Gordon (hooking) 10:13. Allen, Clarke (too many men) 6:46.
Second Period: 2, Tulsa, Gordon, 5 (Menei) 2:15. 3, Tulsa, Beausoleil, 6 (Beauregard) 9:25. 4, Allen, Lukin, 4 (Pineault) 10:48. 5, Allen, Deitsch, 3 (Ludwig, Skinner) 13:27 (pp). 6, Allen, Schaafsma, 3 (Pineault) 18:32 (pp). Penalties: Allen, Daniels (slashing) 2:43. Tulsa, Fisher (hooking) 11:48. Tulsa, Gordon (holding) 18:02.
Third Period: 7, Allen, McMillin, 3 (unassisted) 1:26. 8, Tulsa, Steffes, 4 (Beauregard, Beausoleil) 2:43. 9, Allen, Skinner, 2 (Ludwig, Pineault) 5:03 (pp). Penalties: Tulsa, Ofukany (cross checking) 4:07. Tulsa, Erickson (slashing) 5:55. Allen, Maiani (goalie interference) 7:16. Allen, Ludwig (slashing) 8:23. Allen, Clarke (slashing) 11:26.
Power Plays: Allen, 3-5. Tulsa, 0-6.
Shots: Allen, 11-7-11 - 29. Tulsa, 6-13-10 - 29.
Saves: Allen, Silverthorn 6-11-0 - 17. Tulsa, Keserich 10-4-6 - 20. Tulsa, Bakala 0-0-3 - 3.
Referee: Boone Bruggman. A: 4,262.
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Tulsa's Troy Ofukany fights against Allen's Ryley Grantham during Saturday's game. MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World