TULSA, OK—As wins go, you can’t argue with the way the Tulsa Oilers won their overtime game last night against Mississippi last night. The Oilers hoped to make it two in a row as they welcomed the Amarillo Gorillas into the friendly confines of the amazing Bok center Saturday night.
The Oilers came into the game at 23-20-3 with 49 points and solidly in possession of the 5th and final playoff spot in the CHL North conference while Amarillo sits at 17-24-7 and 6th in the CHL south. In their previous meetings, both here and in Amarillo the teams have traded wins; in both cases the home team took the victory. The Oilers and Gorillas will meet one more time in Amarillo before the season ends.
The Gorillas opened the scoring tonight on a blast by Jake Obermeyer the got past Oilers goalie Trevor Cann assisted by Jason Chafe and Andy Brennan at 13:56 on the first period. That was answered by the 22nd goal this season by team leader TJ Caig at 14:33 assisted by Aaron Davis and Dan Riedel. The period featured a lot of back-and-forth action with both teams getting several breakout opportunities and odd-man rushes.
The 2nd period was owned by Tulsa as the Oilers scored 4 goals, answered only once by Amarillo. The lone Gorilla goal came from David Nimmo assisted by Jake Obermeyer and Anthony Battaglia, and that was after a blast on the power play by Troy Riddle found the back of the net behind Amarillo goalie Thomas Lohlander assisted by Tyler Butler and Travis Banga. Butler would get a goal of his own as did a second by Troy Riddle and another by TJ Caig and the second period would end with Tulsa solidly in command 5-2.
The Gorillas would close to within 2 goals on a tip in by David Nimmo at 13:14; but an empty net goal by Derek Eastman with barely a tenth of second on the clock sealed the Oilers 6-3.
The regulation win takes the Oilers past the Riverkings and into 4th place as the Missouri Mavericks handed them a 6-1 drubbing in Independence. The next game for Tulsa will be this Tuesday night against those very same Mavericks at 7:05pm in the BOK Center.
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Photos by: Kevin Pyle
SHOTS ON GOAL
Amarillo – Jake Obermeyer (Jason Chafe, Andy Brennan) 13:56
Tulsa – TJ Caig (Aaron Davis, Dan Riedel) 14:33
Tulsa – Troy Riddle (powerplay) (Tyler Butler, Travis Banga) 6:48
Amarillo – David Nimmo (Jake Obermeyer, Anthony Battaglia) 10:15
Tulsa – Tyler Butler (shorthanded) (Adam Bartholomay) 14:21
Tulsa – Troy Riddle (Travis Banga, Jake Riddle) 18:57
Tulsa – TJ Caig (Marty Standish, Aaron Davis) 19:45
Amarillo – David Nimmo (powerplay) (Jake Morissette, Erik Felde) 13:14
Tulsa – Derek Eastman (emptynet) (Troy Riddle, Aaron Davis) 19:59
Tulsa – Troy Riddle – (Hooking), 2 min, 0:32
Tulsa – Jim Henkemeyer – (Holding), 2 min, 4:43
Tulsa – Derek Merlini – (Hooking), 2 min, 7:47
Amarillo – Jake Obermeyer – (Hooking), 2 min, 11:50
Amarillo – Austin Sutter – (Tripping), 2 min, 6:21
Tulsa – Trevor Cann – (High Sticking Double Minor), 4 min, 11:51
Amarillo – Andy Brennan – (Interference), 2 min, 4:58
Tulsa – Travis Banga – (Interference), 2 min, 11:42
Tulsa – Marty Standish – (Hooking), 2 min, 12:08
Tulsa – Thomas Harrison – (Roughing), 2 min, 17:40
Amarillo – James Jernberg – (Roughing), 2 min, 17:40
Amarillo – Anthony Battaglia – (No Category Misconduct), 10 min, 20:00
Amarillo 1 for 7 : Tulsa 1 for 3
REFEREE: Jon McIsaac
LINES 1: Randy Sappo
LINES 2: Bill McGoldrick
1ST STAR: Riddle, Troy (TUL)
2ND STAR: Caig, TJ (TUL)
3RD STAR: Nimmo, David (AMA)