Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Pick Up 100th Franchise Win, Shutout Express 7-0

The Oklahoma City Blazers traveled to Springfield, Missouri to take on the Springfield Express in a battle of Midwest Division rivals. With Oklahoma City in second place, and the Express in third, the Blazers looked to widen the gap with Springfield and catch up to the division-leading El Paso Rhinos. With Drennen Atherton in net for OKC, and Bailey Stephens in for Springfield, both teams kicked off the weekend at the MediaCom Ice Park.

Oklahoma City scored a goal apiece in the first two periods to lead 2-0 after 40 minutes. The Blazers exploded in the third period, picking up five goals to earn the 7-0 shutout win.

Six different Blazers hit the net as Victor Ekk led the way with a pair of goals and an assist for three total points. Ekk now has six points in his last two games. The Blazers also picked up goals from Ivan Bondarenko, Kirill Romanov, Cory King, Pavel Oxiouta, and Vitali Mikhailov. Three Blazers also picked up a pair of assists from Jared Guffey, David Peska, and Tomas Rubes.

Atherton turned away 36 shots in the win, picking up his fourth shutout of the season, and improved his record to 14-3-0 on the season.

The win over the Express marks the 100th regular season win in franchise history for the Oklahoma City Blazers. The Blazers reached the century mark in only 126 total regular season games.

The Blazers and Express are back in action on January 14th for the second game in the weekend series. The puck drops at 7pm Central, you can catch all of the action on WSHL Live and at Falcone’s Pizza in Moore.

Scoring by Period

1st Period
OKC (3:31) Ivan Bondarenko, assisted by Kody Smith

2nd Period
OKC (13:18) Cory King, assisted by Victor Ekk, Ivan Bondarenko

3rd Period
OKC (8:46) Pavel Oxiouta, assisted by Joel Leckstrom, Jared Guffey
OKC (9:08) Victor Ekk, assisted by David Peska
OKC (13:45) Victor Ekk, assisted by David Peska, Tomas Rubes
OKC (16:24) Kirill Romanov, assisted by Martin Hajsman, Tomas Rubes – PP Goal
OKC (18:31) Vitali Mikhailov, assisted by Jared Guffey, Drake Johnson