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Oilers Drop Overtime Decision to Thunder

January 28, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Tulsa Oilers News Release

WICHITA, KS - For the second time in less than a week, the Oilers were dealt an overtime loss. Wichita defenseman Andrew Martens scored at 3:43 of the extra frame to give the Thunder a 3-2 victory over Tulsa in front of 7,205 at Intrust Bank Arena.

The Thunder, playing with a depleted lineup due to injuries, got a first period goal from R.G. Flath and led 1-0 after the first twenty minutes. Tulsa responded with a powerplay marker from Jay Sprague in the second period. Wichita forward Erick Lizon, without a goal through 38 games, bounced a puck past Steve Christie late in the second period to push the Thunder back in front. The one-goal advantage almost held up throughout the third, but with 2:03 remaining in regulation, Ryan Cramer stuffed home a rebound to pull Tulsa even.

After Wichita killed off a Tulsa powerplay early in overtime, Martens, in just his second game back from playing with Oklahoma City in the AHL, found himself open in front of the Oilers net. The all-star defenseman shoveled a pass from Alex Bourret under the pad of Christie to give Wichita its sixth win in ten meetings this season against Tulsa.

The Oilers dropped to 0-4 in overtime this season, but have now recorded points in each of their last four games. Tulsa will play its third game in less than 48 hours Sunday afternoon at home against Laredo.

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