Oilers Down Thunder in Overtime, 3-2
TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers found themselves trailing by two goals less than 14 minutes into Sunday afternoon’s contest, but rallied to force overtime before coming away with a 3-2 victory over the Wichita Thunder. Luke Profaca scored the game-winner. Jay Dickman and Kelly Bent scored goals for Wichita.
Bent put the Thunder on the board 8:48 into the contest. The Wichita forward read a clearing attempt perfectly, intercepting the attempt inside the Tulsa zone. He then made a nice move to get the backhand attempt around Kristian Stead for his first goal of the year.
Exactly 5 minutes later, Dickman extended the lead to two when he scored his eighth goal of the season. With the Thunder on the power-play, Peter Bates took a shot that Stead saved, but Dickman put the rebound in to make it 2-0.
The Oilers were down, but cut the deficit in half with a little over two minutes left in the first period. Mike McKee came off the wall inside the Wichita zone, taking a bad angle shot that beat Trevor Gorsuch to the far post. It was his first goal of the season.
At the 6:25 mark of the second period, the Oilers were able to tie the score. Andy Willis blocked a shot attempt for the Thunder, but was left sprawled on the ice. That gave the Oilers the advantage, and they made the most of it. Kyle Crnkovic took a shot that Gorsuch saved, but Kylor Wall but the rebound in for his first goal of the year.
Tulsa dominated much of the play during regulation, outshooting Wichita 40-25. That carried into the extra session where the Oilers took all six shots. Gorsuch was spectacular, but Profaca was able to deliver the game-winner 3:01 into the extra session. With the Oilers on the power-play, Wall took a shot that Gorsuch saved, but the rebound came right to Profaca, who put it in for his third goal of the season.
Gorsuch was spectacular, making 43 saves. Stead made 23 for Tulsa. Wall finished with a goal and an assist and Crnkovic had two assists.
They Wichita Thunder (6-11-2) return home where they will welcome the Oilers (8-6-2) on Wednesday. The puck drops at 7:05.
by Robert Pannier