Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Outgun Snipers, Complete Sweep of Dallas

Continuing their season-opening road trip, the Oklahoma City Blazers traveled to the Dallas, Texas metroplex to take on the Dallas Snipers for a three-game set. After a weekend sweep of the Wichita Thunder a week before, the Blazers looked to continue their strong play to begin the season.

Friday, the Blazers and the Snipers went back and forth through the 1st period, with the Blazers taking a 2-1 lead into the intermission. The Snipers held tight, keeping the Blazers to only one goal in the 2nd period, scored by Kirill Romanov to make it a 3-1 game. Both teams went back and forth throughout the 3rd with the Blazers scoring 3, and the Snipers scoring 2, but Oklahoma City came out on top with a 6-3 win on Friday.

Six different Blazers scored on Friday. Victor Ekk, Jaroslav Vasicek, Drake Johnson, David Peska, and Kirill Romanov scored a goal apiece, while Tomas Rubes added a goal and two assists in the game. Phil Babb made his season debut in net, turning away 15 shots in the win.

The Blazers and Snipers were back it on Saturday night, and Oklahoma City came out with a bit of a slow start. Martin Hajsman started off the scoring mid-way through the 1st period, and it would be another twenty minutes of play before Joel Leckstrom made it a 2-0 game in the 2nd period. A bad bounce of the puck was able to get Dallas on the board, but that only seemed to awaken the Blazers from their slow start. Over the final 26 minutes of the game, the Blazers put six straight goals on the board, putting Dallas away with an 8-1 final score.

Leckstrom put up a four-point night with two goals and two assists, while Hajsman’s goal was built upon by Peska, Romanov, Pavel Oxiouta, Viliam Seliga, and Jan Prokop. Brock Thompson took home the win in net, turning aside 15 shots as well.

It was a quick turnaround as the two teams went into the weekend finale on Sunday morning. Oklahoma City didn’t let the early morning hours stop them, and they quickly made it a 4-0 lead over Dallas after the 1st period. Dallas earned a couple of goals on power plays in the 2nd, but the Blazers built the lead even further after adding five goals of their own. The 3rd period stayed all Blazers, as they added three more goals to come away with the 12-2 win to conclude the weekend.

The Blazers had a couple of four-point players as Romanov and Oxiouta each came away with two goals and two assists in the game. Adam Charvat, Tomas Rubes, and Jan Prokop all had a three-point game, while Viliam Seliga put up two goals in the game. Zach Paxman earned a goal and an assist as well.

Drennen Atherton finished up the weekend in net, making 24 saves in the win.

The Blazers will have a weekend off as they look ahead to the weekend of November 4th when the team conducts their home opener against their I-44 rivals, the Tulsa Oilers. Tulsa currently sits in second place in the Midwest Division, tied with Wichita. The Oilers will take on the Springfield Express next weekend, before traveling to Oklahoma City.