Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Repeat in Dallas, Sweep Snipers

After Friday night’s series-opening win against the Dallas Snipers, the Oklahoma City Blazers were back in action again on Saturday night at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Plano, Texas. Brock Thompson was given the start in net for Oklahoma City, while Alexander Moustakis was back in net for the Snipers.

The Blazers were off to a quick start again on Saturday, as Kody Smith scored on a goal just 38 seconds into the game. 25 seconds later, David Peska widened the gap as Oklahoma City took a 2-0 lead at the 1:03 mark of the 1st period. Dallas earned one back, but Tomas Rubes immediately put OKC back up by two, and extended the lead even further to 4-1 at 8:25 of the 1st. David Peska earned his second goal of the period 28 seconds later and prompted the pull of Moustakis in net, in favor of Brady Weiss. Ivan Bondarenko made it a 6-1 game at 10:50 of period number one while Dallas managed to get one back, and both teams would head to the locker room with the 6-2 score.

Period number two started off much the same with Kody Smith only needing 16 seconds to score this time. Martin Hajsman followed up with a goal a minute later, with Dallas answering back to make it an 8-3 OKC lead after 3:30 of play in the 2nd period. Tomas Rubes completed the hat trick as he made it a 9-3 lead, and Ross Bartlett scored his first of the season as he finished off an Ivan Bondarenko breakaway attempt. The Blazers added two more in the last minute of the period as Zach Paxman put OKC up 11-3, and Jaroslav Vasicek turned it into a 12-3 lead as the 2nd period ended.

The 3rd period was a much quieter affair as it took 13:24 for another goal to happen. Ivan Bondarenko picked up his second goal of the game to put the Blazers up by double-digits. Dallas came back on a power play attempt however, and scored with 3:38 left to go in the game, and the 13-4 score held as Oklahoma City picked up their second win of the weekend.

A quick turnaround led to a Sunday morning game between Oklahoma City and Dallas. Phil Babb started in net for the Blazers, while Brady Weiss started for the Snipers. An odd change happened just 24 seconds into the game as Weiss came off the ice and the Snipers switched to goaltender Matt Stewart.

Dallas looked like a re-energized team on Sunday as they looked to avoid the sweep, but the Blazers broke open the scoring off the stick of Ross Bartlett for his second goal in as many games. Penalties were exchanged back and forth, but it took until the last minute of the period for another team to score, which ended up being the Snipers as they tied it up 1-1 to end the period.

Neither team could solve the goaltenders in period two, though Oklahoma City thought they might have on a power play goal that was waved off by the referee. Tomas Rubes put a backdoor shot on net that appeared to cross the line, but the referee disagreed and kept things at a 1-1 score.

Oklahoma City was ready to put Dallas away as the 3rd period began, and Rubes made up for the goal he had taken away in the previous period as he made it 2-1 OKC at the 1:40 mark of the period. Zach Paxman followed that up a few minutes later and put home a rebound goal to make it 3-1. The momentum kept rolling at that point, and Viliam Seliga extended the lead even further as he sniped a goal right past Stewart to make it 4-1.

Dallas wasn’t ready to let things go and they cut the deficit in half with 4:01 to play, trying to mount a comeback. The Blazers put it out of reach at the 18:36 mark of the period as Victor Ekk gave OKC the 5-2 final score.

In each series against Dallas this season, the Blazers have outscored the Snipers by a cumulative score of 26-6 for a total of 52-12 on the season. The Blazers head back home to take on the Springfield Express next weekend, while the Snipers are off next weekend. The Express are coming off a series win against the El Paso Rhinos, taking two of three games from the Midwest Division leaders. Oklahoma City and Springfield are currently tied for second place in the Midwest Division with 24 points.

The series against Springfield begins at 7:30p on Friday, November 18th. Tickets can be picked up at the Blazers Ice Centre box office, or by calling 405-601-6489.

Let’s Go Blazers!