Oilers Keep Win Streak Alive with 3-2 Shootout Win over Chill
TULSA, OK - Drew Fisher scored on a sensational fake in the sixth round of a shootout on Saturday night to lift the Tulsa Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the St. Charles Chill in front of 4,093 at the BOK Center. The Oilers (4-5-2) won their fourth straight game overall and third in a row on home ice.
A physical tone was set less than a minute into the first period when Oilers defenseman Craig Cescon traded punches with St. Charles' heavyweight, Steve Makway. The first period stalemate was broken by Oilers rookie forward Adam Pleskach who gave Tulsa a 1-0 lead at the 12:09 mark. Pleskach corralled a feed from Scott Macaulay and had to settle down a bouncing puck before ripping a shot past Chill netminder Robby Moss for his team-leading sixth goal of the season. The 25-year old right wing has six goals in his last six outings and extended his point streak to six games.
Near the end of the second period, with Tulsa still clinging to a 1-0 lead, Oilers forward Ryan Cramer was given a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct. It was the Oilers first game misconduct penalty of the season and created a lengthy power play for the Chill.
Already a man down in the third period, Cescon was charged with interference at 1:25 and St. Charles was given a 5-on-3 advantage. Makway's wrist shot found its way through traffic in front of Oilers goalie Shane Madolora and St. Charles leveled the game at 1-1 at 1:55. The Oilers reclaimed the lead at 15:32 when Cescon's shot from the blue line was tipped through Moss' pads by Todd Robinson. The Chill, searching for its first road victory of the season, battled back once again and found the equalizer with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Former Oiler Kyle O'Kane stuffed the puck past the pad of Madolora for his fourth goal of the season to force overtime.
The clubs traded power plays in the extra frame and after a scoreless five minutes, each side entered its third shootout of the season. After O'Kane was stopped by Madolora in the sixth round, Fisher come off the Tulsa bench with an opportunity to clinch the contest. The second-year forward made a series of quick dekes on Moss and roofed a backhand to give the Oilers the extra point and keep the winning streak intact.
The Oilers improved to 1-2 in shootouts this season and ran their record at the BOK Center to 3-4-0. Tulsa failed to capitalize on each one of its ten power play opportunities and recorded a season-high 41 penalty minutes. With an assist on Pleskach's goal in the first, Brandon Coccimiglio extended his point streak to six games while Oilers forward Ben Gordon saw his seven-game point streak snapped. Madolora, in net for all of the Oilers wins this season, improved his shootout record to 5-1 as a professional.
Tulsa finishes its four-game home stand on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. for the second meeting of the season against the Wichita Thunder.
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