Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Ride Five-Goal Period To Win Over Tulsa, 9-3

Sitting atop the standings in the Midwest Division, the Oklahoma City Blazers traveled up I-44 to Tulsa, Oklahoma to faceoff against the Oilers. After splitting last weekend with the Springfield Express, the Blazers were tied in points with the El Paso Rhinos for first place, but OKC holds a game in hand to the Rhinos for the advantage.

Head coach Tyler Fleck started with Phil Babb in net for the Blazers, facing the team he played for last season. Tulsa began the night with Brian Eisele in net.

Tulsa began the night with a goal on the first play of the game, trying to knock OKC off of their rhythm early, with Augusts Veidenbaums scoring just 23 seconds into the game. That lead only lasted for a few minutes as the Blazers fought back and would put three straight on the board to make it a 3-1 game after the first period.

The Oilers started the second period much like the first, scoring twice just thirteen seconds apart to make it a 3-3 tie, but the Blazers took their foot off of the brake and came back with five straight goals and closing out the period with an 8-3 lead. Drake Johnson put up a pair of goals in the second, while Vitali Mikhailov earned three of his four assists in the game in the same period. Oklahoma City chased Eisele out of the Tulsa net after the seventh goal, with Henrik Kaspersen coming on in relief.

Tomas Rubes scored the lone goal in the third period as the Blazers put the game out of reach for the Oilers to come back, and Oklahoma City earned the 9-3 win.

On the power play, Oklahoma City earned one goal on three chances, while the penalty kill unit kept the Oilers off the board on four chances.

Phil Babb earned his seventh win of the season, stopping 12 shots. The Tulsa goaltenders combined for 53 saves on a total of 62 shots by the Blazers.

The weekend series continues as the two teams move to the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa for Saturday’s and Sunday’s games, with Saturday’s game starting at 2pm Central Time, and Sunday at 11am, ahead of the ECHL Oilers games on those same nights.

Catch the action this weekend on WSHL TV presented by Black Dog Enterprises, or at our watch party at Falcone’s in Moore!

Scoring by Period

1st Period
TUL (0:23)  Augusts Veidenbaums, assisted by Justin Arnold, Conor Dempsey
OKC (7:44) Kirill Romanov, assisted by Ivan Bondarenko – PP Goal
OKC (17:02) Viliam Seliga, assisted by Kaleb Foreman, Kody Smith
OKC (18:34) Ivan Bondarenko, assisted by Martin Hajsman, Kirill Romanov

2nd Period
TUL (6:20) Hunter Best, assisted by Kamil Rypar
TUL (6:37) Kamil Rypar, assisted by Augusts Veidenbaums
OKC (7:02) Connor Dunn, assisted by Vitali Mikhailov, Joel Leckstrom
OKC (9:36) Drake Johnson, assisted by Victor Ekk, David Peska
OKC (13:01) Drake Johnson, assisted by Vitali Mikhailov, Cory King
OKC (13:36) Joel Leckstrom, assisted by Drake Johnson, Vitali Mikhailov
OKC (16:41) Kirill Romanov, assisted by Luke Novack

3rd Period
OKC (1:32) Tomas Rubes, assisted by Vitali Mikhailov, Viliam Seliga