Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Down Wichita For Second Straight Win

Saturday night was the second game of a three-game set between the Oklahoma City Blazers and the Wichita Thunder. After shutting out the Thunder the night before, head coach Tyler Fleck tabbed goaltender Drennen Atherton for the second-straight night, while Wichita stuck with Erik Spath in net.

The Blazers opened up the scoring quickly as Cory King picked up his second goal of the season to make it 1-0 in the first few minutes of the game. Looking to avoid a repeat of the night before, the Thunder picked scored three-straight to hand OKC their first trailing situation of the season. Oskar Gullstrom, Ctibor Kompanek, and Matt McClelland were the goal-scorers for Wichita. Not content to let that score sit, Jared Guffey scored for Oklahoma City in the final minute of the period to make it a 3-2 Thunder lead after twenty minutes.

The Thunder had trouble staying out of the box all night, and Jan Prokop took advantage of one of the many power play chances for Oklahoma City. With his first goal of the season, Prokop tied things up for Oklahoma City in the second period. The Blazers encountered a 3-on-5 penalty kill as both Cory King and Kirill Romanov were called for separate penalties on the same play. OKC powered through and killed off the shorthanded situation, and with King and Romanov coming out of the box, the puck found them all alone with Romanov picking up the goal to make it a 4-3 Blazers lead.

Early in the third period, the Blazers had possession of the puck during a delayed Wichita penalty. Cory King picked up a cross-ice pass and blasted it by Spath for his second goal of the game. After the whistle, Zachary Bilius was called for a separate minor, putting Oklahoma City on the power play. Seconds into the power play, Ivan Bondarenko put the puck in the net to make it a 6-3 Blazers lead. The Blazers held off the Thunder through multiple penalty kill situations, with Drennen Atherton coming up big, and Oklahoma City picked up their second straight win. Atherton turned aside 24 shots in the win.

Both teams will conclude their weekend set on Sunday morning with the puck dropping at 11:00 am. OKC looks to gain more ground on Wichita in the standings. Check below for all of the ways to stay up to date on all of the happenings tomorrow.

Watch: <a href=”http://www.wshlstats.com/wshltv”>WSHL TV</a>
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Watch party: Falcone’s Pizza – 1409 N Moore Ave, Moore, OK 73160