Questionable Goals Ends Up Decisive in Tulsa's 3-2 Win over Lubbcok
Lubbock, TX - Jim Dahl recorded a two-goal game and goaltender Marco Emond stopped 53 of 55 shots to lead the Tulsa Oilers past the Lubbock Cotton Kings 3-2 at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum Thursday night. The loss dropped the Kings record to 20-25-3 and they are winless in five consecutive home games.
Tulsa quickly opened the game's scoring just 3:11 after the opening face-off. While on the power play, Tulsa's scoring leader Jim Dahl, who also leads all CHL rookies in scoring, drove in the right side and fired a shot that banked off goaltender Lance Leslie and a defenseman before heading into the net. It is the 14th consecutive game the Kings have surrendered a power play tally.
Tulsa extended the lead to 2-0 5:51 into the second period with a goal by Shawn Roed. Emond was solid keeping the Kings off the board and stopped Kyle Nosan on a breakaway midway through the period, leading the Kings to think they were not going to be able to get on the board. Those thoughts finally came to an end with 4:01 remaining in the period, as Emery Olauson was able to get past the defense on the left side and roof a shot over the left shoulder of Emond to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Early in the third period, Dahl kicked in his second goal of the game and official Tudor Floru instantly waived off the goal, but veteran linesman Chris Libett convinced Floru to change his ruling and credit Dahl the goal 2:59 into the period. Olauson answered back 38-seconds later with his second goal of the game, cutting the deficit back to 3-2. Emond sealed the door the rest of the way in a period in which the Kings out-shot the Oilers 25-6.
Lubbock ended up out-shooting the Oilers 55-38 in the game. Leslie stopped 35 of 38 shots in the loss. Tulsa was 1 for 3 on the power play, while Lubbock was unsuccessful on six attempts. Bobby Brown was held without a point, ending an eight-game point streak.
The Kings remain home for a two-game set with the Amarillo Gorillas beginning Saturday night and wrapping up Sunday evening.
DATE Thu, Feb 23, 2006 Tulsa (3) Lubbock (2)
SCORE BY PERIODS Tulsa 1 1 1 -- 3 Lubbock 0 1 1 -- 2
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: TUL-Dahl (powerplay) (Hodge, Shakotko) 3:11. Penalties: Brolsma, LUB (Holding, Minor, 2 min) 2:24. Roed, TUL (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 13:03. Schulte, TUL (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 14:28. Watkins, TUL (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 17:15.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: TUL-Roed 6:51. LUB-Olauson (Graham, Beatty) 15:59. Penalties: Kupaks, TUL (Holding Stick, Minor, 2 min) 3:33. Fioroni, LUB (Board Checking, Minor, 2 min) 11:00. Beatty, LUB (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 12:42. Bauman, LUB (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 18:32. Roed, TUL (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 18:32.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: TUL-Dahl (Shakotko) 2:59. LUB-Olauson (Graham, Bauman) 3:37. Penalties: Brown, LUB (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 2:13. Brolsma, LUB (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 2:13. Schulte, TUL (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 2:13. Kupaks, TUL (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 2:13. Watkins, TUL (Holding, Minor, 2 min) 6:01. Watkins, TUL (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 17:22.
SHOTS ON GOAL Tulsa 13 19 6 -- 38 Lubbock 12 18 25 -- 55
POWER PLAY STATS PPG ADV SHG Tulsa 1 3 0 Lubbock 0 6 0
GOALIES AWAY TEAM D MIN S SV Marco Emond WIN 60:00 55 53 HOME TEAM D MIN S SV Lance Leslie LOSS 58:03 38 35
GAMENOTES Referee: Tudor Floru Linesman: Chris Libett, T.J. Nua Game Length: 2:36 1st Star: Jim Dahl (TUL) 2nd Star: Emery Olauson (LUB) 3rd Star: Marco Emond (TUL)
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