Wichita takes game 2 of 3-game set with Oilers
BY JOHN RITTENOURE World Correspondent
Sunday, January 20, 2013
1/20/13 at 6:23 AM
For the second straight night, the Tulsa Oilers had to play catchup in their Central Hockey League game with the Wichita Thunder.
Twice the Oilers tied the game on a pair of goals by Ryan Menei. But the Oilers had no answer for a third-period Thunder goal by Matt Summer and fell to the Thunder 3-2 before a crowd of 4,978 on Saturday night.
On Friday, three third-period goals produced a 4-2 win in Wichita. On Saturday at the BOK Center, their effort fell short.
"We had our share of opportunities. Wichita is a good hockey club," said Oilers coach Bruce Ramsay. "Our best period was the third period. We had scoring chances, but it did not go our way. Our power play did not work tonight."
A total of 81 shots on goal was logged between both teams, with Tulsa allowing a season-high 46.
The Oilers remained in the game against the CHL's second-place team thanks to goalie Shane Madolora.
Tulsa and Wichita conclude their weekend three-game series with a 4:05 p.m. game at the BOK Center Sunday.
Notes: Saturday's contest was the 747th CHL game of Tyler Fleck's career, moving the Oilers captain into second place on the league's all-time list of career games played. The 33-year old defenseman is in his 14th professional season and has played every single game in the CHL. ... Friday's win at Wichita was the 300th victory of Ramsay's coaching career.
THUNDER 3, OILERS 2
First Period: 1, Wichita, Young, 14 (Flath) 6:35. Penalties: Wichita, Inman (interference) 9:41. Wichita, Flath (unsportsmanlike conduct) 9:41. Tulsa, Gordon (unsportsmanlike conduct) 9:41.
Second Period: 2, Tulsa, Menei, 14 (Gordon, Barlock) 1:01. 3, Wichita, Flath, 11 (Summers) 4:10 (pp). Penalties: Tulsa, Schafer (hooking) 2:40. Wichita, Summers (high sticking double minor) 12:53. Tulsa, Beausoleil (cross checking) 19:37.
Third Period: 4, Tulsa, Menei, 15 (Beausoleil, Gordon) 3:32. 5, Wichita, Summers, 13 (Lutz) 5:21 (pp). Penalties: Tulsa, Maraini (roughing) 3:43. Wichita, Martens (slashing) 16:38.
Power Plays: Wichita, 2-3. Tulsa, 0-4.
Shots: Wichita, 15-22-9 - 46. Tulsa, 11-9-15 - 35.
Saves: Wichita, Jung 11-8-14 - 33. Tulsa, Madolora 14-21-8 - 43.
Referee: Brent Coulombe. A: 4,978.
Tulsa Oilers forward Ben Gordon (left) keeps the puck away from Wichita Thunder forward R.G. Flath during a Central Hockey League game at the BOK Center on Saturday. KEVIN PYLE/ For the Tulsa World