TULSA, OK– It took everything they had, but the Missouri Mavericks proved why they are #1 in the Central Hockey League’s Turner Conference as they scored two late goals to down the Tulsa Oilers 2-1 in hockey action at the BOK Center Tuesday night.
Chad Costello scored the Oilers only goal, his 15th of the season, at 6:01 of the second period, but two late goals from Missouri…a power play goal from Nick Sirota at 14:13 of the 3rd and a deflection of a Cole Ruwe shot by Toby LaFrance just 17 seconds later sealed the victory for the Mavericks.
Remarkably, prior to the two shots that went in Oilers goalie Ian Keserich turned aside some 42 Missouri shots in an outstanding effort. The loss brings Tulsa back to .500 again at 15-15-1, with 31 points and as a result of a 6-3 Texas loss to the Allen Americans, they are in sole possession of 3rd place in the CHL’s Berry Conference.
The Oilers will close out 2010 in Allen against the Americans on Friday night and will return to the BOK Center for a pair of weekend afternoon games. The first will be against the Texas Brahmas at 3:00pm. The game was originally scheduled for 7:35pm on Saturday but was moved as not to conflict with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl between the Oklahoma Sooners and the U-Conn Huskies. Then, the first-place Allen Americans will visit on Sunday afternoon at 4:05pm to face the Oilers in a matinee.
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).