Second Period Powers Oilers Past Rush
RAPID CITY, SD - The Tulsa Oilers are still perfect against the Rapid City Rush after a 4-2 victory on Friday night in front of 4,469 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Michel Beausoleil scored a pair of goals for the Oilers and Shane Madolora turned aside 37 shots as Tulsa improved to 3-0 this season against Rapid City.
Jordan Behler put the home side on the board first with a quick snapshot at the 16:21 mark of the first period. The Rush carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Less than a minute into the middle stanza, Justin Fox powered his way to the front of the Rush net. His wraparound rebound bounced out to Beausoleil who beat Danny Battochio to level the score. Rapid City swung momentum back in its favor thanks to shorthanded breakaway tally from Rusty Masters. The former Laredo Buck received a pass from Scott Wray and beat Madolora over the right pad to give the Rush a 2-1 advantage. Again the Oilers responded and again Beausoleil found the range. Off another setup from Fox, Beausoleil blasted home his 20th goal of the season. Beausoleil, a 12-year veteran, now has at least 20 goals in each of his last four seasons. The Oilers offensive onslaught continued at 15:05 when Ryan Menei sent a pass to the left wing for Ryan Cramer who wristed a shot through Battochio to give Tulsa its first lead of the evening. Battochio was lifted from the game after surrendering three goals on just 14 shots.
Tulsa, now 14-1-0, when leading after two periods, kept Rapid City at bay throughout the third. Madolora made 11 of his saves in the final frame and Menei sealed the victory with an empty net goal at 19:09.
Menei, a former member of the Rush, finished with a goal and an assist and now has points in nine of his last ten games. Cramer has scored at least one point in four of his last five outings.
The Oilers, who won for just the eighth time on the road this season, improved to 22-35-4 overall. The two clubs will meet again on Saturday night for an 8:05 pm CST face off.
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