Oilers move forward with 5-3 win over Wichita.

altCostello, Beausoleil score pair as Oilers move into a 3rd place tie.

WICHITA, KS.– The Tulsa Oilers got back into the winning ways on Friday night as they traveled to south central Kansas for the second time in a week to face the Wichita Thunder for the third time in a row and came away with a 5-3 victory.

Helping to erase the memory of Tuesday night’s 7-6 loss to Wichita in the BOK Center was the outstanding efforts of Mike Beausoleil and Chad Costello. 

Both forwards combined for four of the Oilers 5 goals, with Evan Kotsopoulos scoring the other goal. The Thunder dented twine behind Tulsa goalie Ian Keserich were Andrew Martens, Lance Galbraith and Mat Robinson, who scored four goals in the game on Tuesday night.

The victory in the InTrust Bank Arena elevated the Oilers to 12-13-1, 25 point record and a four-way tie for third place with the Texas Brahmas, Mississippi Riverkings, Arizona Sundogs and Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in the Berry Conference. The Oilers will head to Allen, Texas tomorrow night for a showdown with the Americans, who are in sole possession of first place in the conference with and 18-4-1 record and 36 points in the standings.

The next home game for Tulsa will be on Sunday afternoon with the Odessa Jackalopes, a team just two points, (or one win) behind the Oilers with a 11-13-1, 23 point record. That game will be preceded by game one of the GTR Cup, presented by GTR Newspapers.

The Broken Arrow Tigers high school hockey team will take on the Tulsa Comets at noon, followed by the Jenks Trojans and Union Redskins at 1:30 p.m. On Tuesday the third place game for the GTR Cup starts at 3 p.m. followed by the championship game at 4:30 p.m. After the GTR Cup title game, the Oilers will host the Texas Brahmas at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for the Oilers games are good for the GTR Cup high school games.

Tickets for all Oilers games are available at the BOK Box Office, tickets.com, Tulsa area Reasor’s stores, and by calling 1-866-7BOK-CTR (866-725-5287). More information is available by calling the Oilers office at 918-632-PUCK (7825).