With all due respect to baseball great Yogi Berra, the Tulsa Oilers proved that a hockey game “ain’t over till it’s over” against the Missouri Mavericks Friday night when T.J. Caig lit the lamp on the power play with a little more than 45 seconds remaining to overtake the Mavs 5-4.
The Oilers managed to find a way to win with little or no time left in regulation and despite the Colorado Eagles victory over Rapid City, Tulsa remains atop the Northern Conference of the CHL by one standings point. Notable in the game was the continuation of the amazing scoring runs of both Rob Hisey and T.J. Caig. Both players managed to score a goal and an assist in the game. Goalie Kevin Armstrong turned away 29 of 33 shots, and went 3-for-8 on the power play.
Next up is a home-and-home series with the Wichita Thunder, whom the Oilers defeated last Tuesday night 4-3. The Thunder are coming off a big win over the Arizona Sundogs last night and they are hungry to knock off the first place Oilers. They play tonight at 7:05pm in the Kansas Coliseum and again in the amazing BOK Center in a matinee game at 4:05pm on Sunday. Another pairing to keep an eye on tonight is a game between Rapid City and Colorado in Ft. Collins, which puts all of the top teams in the division in play tonight.
Tickets are on sale for Sunday’s game and all of the Oilers home games at all Reasors stores, tulsaoilers.com, and the BOK Center box office. It’s family day on Sunday with a post-game skate with the players scheduled.