Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Close Out Showcase With Win

The Oklahoma City Blazers entered Tuesday looking to rebound after a loss against the Ogden Mustangs on Monday morning. With Drennen Atherton in net for his third game of the showcase, the Blazers and Long Beach Bombers faced off in Oklahoma City’s final game of the 2016 calendar year.

Both the Blazers and the Bombers jostled for the advantage in the early minutes of the first half, trading penalties and playing through a 4-on-4 situation. Oklahoma City broke open the scoring at the 7:59 mark of the half as Vitali Mikhailov picked up a pass from the point and put it past Bombers goaltender Domenic Bosetti. Three minutes later, the Blazers extended the lead to a 2-0 score as Cory King rocketed a shot past Bosetti, as Kirill Romanov picked up his 99th assist in a Blazers uniform.

Oklahoma City was put into a tough spot late in the half as the referee handed the Blazers two minors at one and putting OKC on a 3-on-5 PK for a full two minutes. With the open ice, the Bombers Filip Jengard scored from the slot to bring Long Beach to within one. After 25 minutes, both teams entered the locker rooms with the 2-1 Blazers lead.

The Bombers held the momentum into the second half, scoring 8:05 in as Amir Burguev tied things up. Minutes later, Long Beach scored their third straight goal as Filip Jengard earned his second goal of the game to put the Bombers up 3-2.

Trailing, the Blazers attempted to fight back in the closing minutes of regulation time. With just a minute left, Luke Novack found Kirill Romanov as he made his way towards the net and tied things up to send the game into overtime. Through the extra period, each team had chances to get the win but big saves by goaltenders Atherton and Bosetti kept it at a 3-3 score and forced a shootout.

The shootout ran through eight rounds, with Pavel Oxiouta and David Peska scoring for the Blazers and giving them the win over the Long Beach Bombers. Atherton made 38 saves in the win, including seven in the shootout as he improved to 11-2-0 on the season.

The Blazers roll through the Western States Shootout with wins against two other division leaders in the WSHL, defeating the Idaho Steelheads and the Bombers. A win against the Southern Oregon Spartans gives OKC a win over another top-five team in the league. The Blazers lone loss came against the Ogden Mustangs, setting the stage for a possible playoff matchup this postseason.

2016 comes to an end for Oklahoma City as they roll into 2017 with a successful Shootout. Oklahoma City will return to action on January 6, 2017 as they take on the Colorado Eagles in their first of six games this season. The weekend series will take place at the NOCO Ice Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Blazers return home on January 11th as they take on the Tulsa Oilers.

Tickets for the 2017 slate of games are available by calling the Blazers office at 405-601-6489. The Blazers players and staff want to wish all of our fans a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year, we’ll see you next year!