Oilers Earn Single Point in Shootout Loss to Rush
RAPID CITY, SD - Rapid City forward Jesse Schultz picked a crucial moment to net his 16th goal of the season.
With just over a minute remaining in regulation and the Tulsa Oilers nursing a 3-2 lead, Schultz scored the game-tying goal and helped his squad to a 4-3 shootout win on home ice. The Oilers fell to the Rush for the first time in four meetings this season but have still managed to earn points against Rapid City in every contest.
Goals from Kyle Peto and Rusty Masters in the first six minutes of the first period gave Rapid City the early lead and the early momentum. Tulsa weathered the early storm and cashed in on its first powerplay of the game when Drew Fisher executed a toe-drag and wristed a shot past Rush netminder Tim Boron.
Trailing 2-1 in the second period, Michel Beausoleil sent a blind pass to the tape of Ryan Menei who beat Boron to level the score at 2-2. Menei has points in ten of his last eleven games.
At 5:24 of the third, Menei struck again. A Beausoleil blast ricocheted off of Boron and dropped into the crease where Menei's stick was waiting. The Winnipeg native made no mistake and gave the Oilers their first lead of the evening on their third unanswered goal. Menei, a former member of the Rush, now has seven goals in four games against his former club. With Boron out of the net and the extra attacker on for Rapid City in the waning moments, Jared Brown laid a perfect pass across the Oilers crease and Schultz was in perfect position to even the score.
Each side fired four shots through a scoreless overtime period and the Rush dominated the shootout. Taggart Desment, Brown, and Schultz each scored for Rapid City while only Drew Fisher for the Oilers was able to beat Boron.
The Oilers are 4-2 in shootouts this season and suffered their first shootout loss since December 27 against Fort Worth.
Madolora finished with 41 saves and has made at least 30 stops in seven of his last eight starts. Boron turned aside 29 shots to record his 18th victory of the season.
The Oilers and Rush will conclude their season series on Tuesday night at 7:35 p.m. CST at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
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