Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Burn Past Springfield

Blazers Burn Past Springfield 4-1 The Oklahoma City Blazers hockey club defeated the visiting Springfield Express by a count of 4-1 last night at the Cox Convention Center. OKC dominated from start to finish outshooting their opponent 44-21. The Blazers opened the scoring at 8:28 into the first period when Devin Burchett dished the puck behind the net to newly aquired forward Dominik Vlk. Vlk undressed a pair of Springfield defenders below the goal line before finding a wide open Petr Kobes in the slot. Kobes, who also joined the team this past week, rifled a twisted wrister past the Express goaltender to put the home team up by 1. The Blazers would continue to carry the play and have several point blank scoring chances but were unable to capitalize. With seconds remaining, the Blazers Hunter Smith would spring speedy winger Kole Hudson on a break away, Hudson beat the goaltender a tenth of a second too late as the period buzzer sounded keeping it a 1 goal game after one. The second period was much like the first as Blazers continued to control the game. For the third time in 3 games, it was Blazer defenceman Drake Johnson unloading a howitzer to the top corner. Johnson was wide open at the point after Matt Levene and Vlk did a nice job of cycling down low and then finding Johnson up high in the zone. The Blazers continued to pressure as scrum broke out in front of the Springfield goaltender. A crowd gathered and Smith engaged in a fight with a Springfield player. The Blazer forward was too much too handle as he landed a big shot to his opponent and sent him to the ice much to the delight of the Blazers fans. OKC continued to come at the Springfield club and this time forward Mathew Audette banged home a loose puck on the back door to put the Blazers up by 3 after 2. It was Audette’s 3rd goal in 3 games. The third, like the first and second was all Blazers. Springfield goaltender Oliver Eklund made 6 huge saves in the last period to keep it a 3 goal game. Eklund made a highlight reel save on a Hunter Smith 1-timer that was the save of the night. But, two minutes later, Smith would solve the Express goaltender drilling a shot into the net off of a face off to put the B’s up 4-0. Blazers goaltender Austin Kirby, was flawless until late in the 3rd when skilled Springfield forward Vito DeVito made a nice individual effort and got in behind the Blazers defence scoring on a quick give and go to break up Kirby’s shut out bid. Kirby made 20 saves on 21 shots including a beautiful glove hand save in the second robbing Springfield forward Derek Smith. Blazers head coach Tyler Fleck was happy with the teams overall effort. “They guys played well. We talked about first impressions before the game and it was important that we showed our fans what we are all about. There were some nice goals, big saves, big hits and a couple fights,” explained Fleck. “I thought we carried the play for pretty much the entire game. I felt like we should have scored more goals with all the opportunities we had, but hats off to their goaltending, he made some huge saves. Defensively as a team we played well, had a couple lapses but the guys battled. We only have 4 defensemen and they did a great job tonight. Austin Kirby was very solid too. We can get better in a lot of areas but this was a good start.” The Blazers next home game is the season opener at the Blazers Ice Center on Oct 24th at 7PM when they take on Dallas. The Blazers will play Dallas again on the 25th on “Pack the House Night” at the Cox Convention Center. The Blazers are giving out 30,000 free tickets starting this Wednesday in hopes of setting a new WSHL attendance record. Game time for the historic night is 6PM. Seats are on a first come first serve basis and when the building is at capacity the doors will close. For more information and Season Ticket info, call the Blazers office at 405-888-0195.