Oilers hold off Sundogs 4-3
BY JOHN RITTENOURE World Correspondent
Monday, December 03, 2012
12/03/12 at 9:23 AM
Correction: A story in the Dec. 3 Tulsa World misidentified the Oilers next opponent. Tulsa faces Missouri on Tuesday at the BOK Center. This story has been corrected.
Veteran Mike Beausoleil put Tulsa in the lead midway through the third period and the Oilers weathered a two-man Arizona advantage in the final two minutes to defeat the Sundogs 4-3 at the BOK Center on Sunday.
After tying the game three times in the first two periods, the Oilers gained their first lead when Beausoleil fired from in front of the net on a powerplay at 9:39.
The victory was the second in three games for the Oilers.
They came from behind to defeat first-place Allen in Tulsa on Friday before losing at Fort Worth on Saturday.
"It was a tough weekend for us," Bruce Ramsay said, smiling. "We had some travel and did not play our best game last night (Saturday), but coming back tonight to get a victory and 2-of-3 for the weekend is nothing to be too mad about.
"It was a confidence-builder to win at home, and we are looking forward to getting back on the ice on Tuesday."
After the Oilers took the lead, goalie Mike Garman went to the locker room where equipment manager Jim Chestnut made emergency repairs to the sole of Garman's right skate, which had come apart.
Ian Keserich played in relief, making two saves during a six-minute span before Garman returned to the ice.
With 2:40 left in the game, Drew Fisher was penalized for interference, and Sundogs goalie Adam Russo left the ice to give Arizona a 6-on-4 advantage.
Tulsa called timeout to set up its defense over the final two minutes, and the Oilers held on for the victory.
Garman stopped 32 of 37 Arizona shots on the night.
"I told them to not get scored on," said Ramsay of his timeout talk with the team. "We talked about certain areas that we have to be strong in when it is 6-on-4 and what we have to do on face offs.
"We did a great job of killing that penalty. We have had two games that went right down to the wire, and we found a way to scratch out wins. That is what counts. We gain confidence every time we do this."
Tulsa returns to the BOK Center at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday to host the Missouri Mavericks.
OILERS 4, SUNDOGS 3
First Period: 1, Arizona, Larocque, 5 (unassisted) 1:17. 2, Tulsa, Cramer, 4 (Trask, Fisher) 6:09. 3, Arizona, Meyers, 1 (Petovello, Kyrzakos) 8:09. 4, Tulsa, Gordon, 11 (Ullrich, Ofukany) 12:45. Penalties: Tulsa, Gordon (slashing) 19:02.
Second Period: 5, Arizona, Hauswirth, 5 (Linden) 16:38. 6, Tulsa, Menei, 7 (Gordon, Fisher) 18:18. Penalties: Arizona, Hauswirth (elbowing) 1:31.Tulsa, Erickson (slashing) 5:47. Arizona, Larocque (hooking) 7:16.
Third Period: 7, Tulsa, Beausoleil, 10 (Menei) 9:39 (pp). Penalties: Arizona, Leblanc (tripping) :42. Arizona, Nehring (holding) 8:52. Arizona, Larocque (handling the puck) 13:34. Tulsa, Fisher (interference) 17:20.
Power Plays: Arizona, 0-3. Tulsa, 1-5.
Shots: Arizona, 16-15-6 - 37. Tulsa, 11-8-7 - 26.
Saves: Arizona, Russo 9-7-6 - 22. Tulsa, Garman 14-14-4 - 32. Keserich 0-0-2 - 2.
Referee: Zak Blazic. A: 3,310.
Original Print Headline: Beausoleil goal hands Oilers a win
7:05 p.m. Tuesday
Tulsa forward Gary Steffes takes a shot on goal during Sunday's game against Arizona. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World