SteelHounds drop second straight in a shootout
The Youngstown SteelHounds dropped their second straight game in shootout losing 5-4 to the Tulsa Oilers Thursday night at the Chevrolet Centre. After going down 2-0 after the first period, the Hound scored four unanswered goals in the second period to take a 4-3 lead. Tulsa would tie the game up in the third, and after a scoreless overtime period, Oilers defensemen David Masse poked in the game winning goal in the shootout.
Tulsa opened the scoring in the first period on a powerplay goal by Brian LaChapelle. LaChapelle beat SteelHounds goaltender David Currie through the five hole at the 5:38 mark of the first period for the 1-0 lead. LaChapelle would net his second of the night at 14:00 of the first frame when he redirected a shot from David Beauregard into the open net for the 2-0 lead.
Chris Richards cut the lead to 2-1 in the second period as he took a nice lead pass from Tab Lardner and beat Tulsa goaltender Bill Ruggiero through the five hole. The Oilers would go up by two goals again on the strength of David Beauregard's wrist shot from the top of the left circle that beat Currie for the 3-1 advantage. The comeback trail started for the Hounds when defensemen Jeff Alcombrack took a lead pass from Jeff Christian in the middle of the right wing and backhanded a shot into the net that cut the Tulsa lead to 3-2. Youngstown would tie the contest at 3-3 as Shaun Landolt smacked a rebound chance home at the 14:44 mark to even the contest. The Hounds would take the lead when Jeff Christian found Paul Esdale in the slot for the one-timer and the 4-3 lead going into the second intermission.
The Oilers would even the contest at 4-4 in the third period at the 13:16 mark when Spencer Carbery took a backhand that just squeaked through the pads of Currie to tie the game.
After a scoreless overtime, the game went to a shootout where the eventual game winning goal was scored by Tulsa wingman David Masse.
The Hounds outshot the Oilers in the game 46-29, and Ruggiero saved 42 of 46 shots to earn his third victory of the season. Currie turned away 24 of 28 shots and suffered his third loss of the 2006/07 campaign.
The SteelHounds and Tulsa will play game two of the three game set tomorrow night with face-off scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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