Bartholomay, Oilers Edge RiverKings In Overtime
TULSA, OK -- Adam Bartholomay scored three goals, including a game-winner at 1:16 of overtime, to give the Tulsa Oilers a 3-2 victory over the Mississippi RiverKings on New Year's Eve in Tulsa.
Bartholomay's effort negated a two-goal performance by RiverKings forward Matt Summers, whose second goal tied the game with one minute remaining in regulation.
The first two periods were scoreless and the RiverKings held a 30-16 edge in shots after forty minutes.
But Bartholomay's first goal came with nearly five minutes gone in the third period for a 1-0 lead. He would score again, unassisted this time, with just over seven minutes remaining for a 2-0 advantage.
However, Summers answered with assists from Ryan Campbell and David Simoes at 13:47 to cut the margin within one goal at 2-1. He then scored the game-tying goal, tucking in a shot from Ryan Held into the net with sixty seconds remaining for the 2-2 tie.
Bartholomay finished the night with his hat-trick goal just 1:16 into the overtime period for the victory. It would be his third goal of the season, all three coming against the RiverKings.
Mississippi goaltender Kevin Beech fell to 3-2-1 for the year with a 32-save performance. Trevor Cann was the winning goaltender for Tulsa, stopping 44 shots as the RiverKings outshot the Oilers for the game by a 46-35 margin.
Neither team scored on the power play.
With the overtime win, Mississippi is now 14-13-3 for the season and 31 points. Tulsa moved to 16-12-1 for 33 points and has a three-game winning streak. Mississippi is winless (0-1-1) in its last two games.
The RiverKings return to Southaven tomorrow night looking for revenge against the Missouri Mavericks in a 7:05 PM start. For ticket information, call the RiverKings at 662-342-1755 or online at www.riverkings.com.
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