Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

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The Oklahoma City Blazers came from behind in dramatic fashion yesterday to stun the Springfield Express 5-4. Newly acquired forward Sam Mancini delivered the game winner with just 36 second remaining in regulation to lift the Blazers to their 13th consecutive win. The Blazers trailed 3-2 after the first and 4-2 after the second. Midway through the 3rd Lubos Vacek pounced on Kole Hudson  rebound in the slot to put the Blazers within one.  Four minutes later, with Blazers sniper Matt Levene in the box, Kole Hudson and Petr Kobes picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and went 2 on 2 vs a pair of Springfield defenders. Hudson was able to face out the Springfield player and wire a rocket off the post and in to tie the game at 4. The Blazers had several glorious chances in the ensuing minutes after but Express goaltender Bobby Dugan was sensational making save after save. With under 40 second remaining Mancini would pick up a puck to the left of Dugan and roof it under the crossbar to seal it for OKC.

“We showed great character tonight all the way around. We had to beat more than just the Springfield Express tonight. A lot of adversity for us to overcome but we didn’t give up and played our game,” said head coach Tyler Fleck. “We could have put that game away a lot earlier with the chances we had but Dugan was very good for them tonight. Mancini had about 10 good scoring chances so we knew it would come. Him and Hudson, played a great game. Everyone did for that matter.”

The Blazers will be without star forward Krill Romanov for at least 1 game maybe 2 as he was issued a game misconduct by referee Charles Schamel after the 1st period. Romanov was a big piece of the win on Friday adding a pair of goals for OKC. The Blazers forward is being suspended for accumulative same type misconducts.

“It will hurt us losing Romanov for any of the games next weekend vs El Paso. We need everyone but unfortunately Romy will have to sit out for his misconducts. The call wasn’t justified either. Pretty upsetting.”

The El Paso Rhinos will make their first ever trip to OKC  this upcoming weekend for what will be a nasty 3 game set with first place on the line. The Blazers and Rhinos met back in November and it was some very intense action to say the least. Both teams had players suspended and refused to shake hands after the weekend series.  Although new, the Blazers and Rhinos rivalry could be the best in the league.

Stay tuned all week at www.okcblazershockey.com for exciting news about the weekend series with El Paso. It will be 50 cent beers all weekend at the Blazers, Rhinos games.