Oilers Clobbered by Mallards in Ugly 9-3 Loss
MOLINE, IL - The Tulsa Oilers closed out a three-game road trip with their most lopsided defeat of the season, a frustrating 9-3 setback in Quad City on Saturday night at i wireless Arena. The game was decided in the second period when the Mallards pumped in seven unanswered goals on 16 shots.
Quad City forward Jeff Lee chipped a puck past Shane Madolora just 35 seconds into the contest and the Mallards would push the lead to 2-0 only four minutes later when Mike Stinziani jammed home his own rebound. Oilers left-winger Adam Pleskach netted his 12th goal of the season at 16:09 to cut the Mallards lead in half but that is as close as the Oilers would get.
After the second period began with a strong shift by the Oilers, the Mallards got two goals in the span of 32 seconds from Nick Grasso and Stinziani to make it a 4-1 contest. Madolora was lifted from the game after giving up four goals on 19 shots in 22 minutes of action. Ross MacKinnon came off the Oilers bench in relief but fared no better. At 6:45, Lee swatted in his second goal of the game and the Quad City rout was on. The home team went on to light the lamp four times in the final ten minutes of the period and a stunned group of Oilers could only shake their heads in disbelief at a 9-1 scoreboard. The emotions boiled over at the end of the frame when Tulsa Head Coach Bruce Ramsay was assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials after shouting and gesturing at referee Kevin Mallin.
Ben Gordon batted in a power play goal for the Oilers second score of the night and Pleskach found the net once more in the third period to round out the Oilers offense and make the final score only slight less one-sided.
Tulsa allowed a season-high nine goals and tied its season high for shots allowed in a single game by surrendering 45 to the Mallards. The line of Gordon, Pleskach, and Ryan Menei combined for eight of the Oilers nine points. Tulsa went 1-3 on its power play chances while Quad City scored two power play goals on nine opportunities. The Oilers also gave up their CHL-worst eighth short-handed goal of the season and have allowed a short-handed goal in three consecutive games.
The Oilers ended their three-game road swing with a record of 1-2-0 and will return to home ice on Friday, December 6 at 7:35 p.m. to host the Arizona Sundogs.
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