Americans hammer Oilers 5-1
BY JOHN RITTENOURE World Correspondent
Monday, February 11, 2013
2/11/13 at 5:59 AM
One look at the Central Hockey League stats would lead you to believe the Allen Americans were ripe for the picking.
With the NHL lockout over, the first-place Americans have lost players to the AHL and came to town having lost eight of their last nine games.
The last-place Tulsa Oilers could almost relate to their plight.
But Allen apparently still has plenty of fire power, and it unleashed it Sunday, hammering the Oilers 5-1 at the BOK Center.
The loss ended the Oilers' (17-29-3) five-game home winning streak and allowed the Americans (27-10-8) to retain their one-point lead over Wichita in the CHL standings.
Three first-period goals and two more by Jamie Schaafsma (who also scored a goal and an assist in the first period) had the Oilers down 5-0 before Ben Gordon fired from the side of the net just 1:04 into the third period to put Tulsa on the scoreboard.
Tulsa is 1-6-0 against Allen this season.
"This is the one team we have been struggling against this year," said Oilers coach Bruce Ramsay. "They are a first-place hockey team, and in order to beat them we have to be at our best. We have to be strong defensively."
Allen cashed in on two of four power plays, while the Oilers went 0-4.
"We need to be better on the (power play)," Ramsay said. "We did not give them a lot of opportunities. The (total) shots were low, but every opportunity they had they capitalized on it. They had two power plays in the first period and scored on both of them."
The Oilers held the Americans scoreless in the third period while scoring their lone goal. Ramsay feels that same effort on Tuesday night, when the Americans return to the BOK Center, might yield a different result.
"I thought we battled hard," Ramsay said, "It seemed like some of the guys took the night off. But we did not give up.
"If we play the way we played in the third on Tuesday night we will give ourselves a good opportunity to win.
"We have three games at home this week, and we need to win every one of them."
AMERICANS 5, OILERS 1
First Period: 1, Allen, Schaafsma, 17 (unassisted) 6:46. 2, Allen, Ludwig, 24 (Schaafsma) 10:15 (pp). 3, Allen, Pineault, 10 (Lukin, Hendrikx) 12:13 (pp). Penalties: Allen, McMillin (holding) 7:39. Tulsa, Gordon (holding) 9:36. Allen, Penner (fighting) 10:58. Tulsa, Amesbury (roughing, fighting) 10:58. Allen, Clarke (unsportsmanlike conduct) 10:58. Tulsa, O'Kane (unsportsmanlike conduct) 10:58.
Second Period: 4, Allen, Schaafsma, 18 (Kerbashian, Doyle) 1:31. 5, Allen, Schaafsma, 19 (Doyle, Hendrikx) 19:25. Penalties: Allen, Clarke (slashing) 3:09. Allen, Clarke (charging) 12:37. Allen, McMillin (unsportsmanlike conduct) 16:30.
Third Period: 6, Tulsa, Gordon, 26 (Cramer, Beausoleil) 1:04. Penalties: Tulsa, Fleck (slashing) 3:12. Tulsa, Cramer (interference) 11:33.
Power Plays: Allen, 2-4. Tulsa, 0-4.
Shots: Allen, 11-11-6 - 28. Tulsa, 8-12-8 - 28.
Saves: Allen, Silverthorn, 8-12-7 - 27. Tulsa, Madolora, 8-9-6 - 23.
Referee: Steve Cruickshank. A: 3,519.
Original Print Headline: Americans hammer Oilers
7:05 p.m. Tuesday
Tulsa goaltender Shane Madolora blocks a shot by Anthony Maiani of the Allen Americans during Sunday's game at the BOK Center. MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World
Tulsa's Ryan Menei (left) battles for the puck against Allen's Mike Montgomery during Sunday's game at the BOK Center.