Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Shutout Dallas, Win Series Opener 8-0

Friday night, the Oklahoma City Blazers traveled south of the Red River for the second time this season to take on the Dallas Snipers. Oklahoma City swept the Snipers in their first series meeting of the season, and looked to continue their winning ways. Oklahoma City started Drennen Atherton in net for his fifth start of the season. The Snipers started Alexander Moustakis in net for start number eight of the season.

The first period was an active one in net for Moustakis as the Blazers put 26 shots on net, breaking through for three goals in the first frame, including an impressive display of stickhandling by Ivan Bondarenko. Tomas Rubes opened up the scoring at 6:15 of the period, with Peska and Ekk picking up the assists on the goal. Bondarenko made it 2-0 as he picked up a puck knocked loose by Zach Paxman. Bondarenko skated into the zone, weaved around multiple defenders and walked in on goal to score. OKC picked up their third goal on the power play as a point shot from Drake Johnson found its way into the net.

Dallas came out of the locker room for the second period sustaining a lot of pressure on the Blazers. Midway through the period, the tides changed back in the Blazers favor as Kirill Romanov scored at the 12:02 mark of period, assisted by Bondarenko. David Peska extended the lead even further with a shorthanded breakaway goal to make it 5-0 after forty minutes of play.

The third period started and ended with Blazers goals as Viliam Seliga made it a 6-0 game a minute into the frame, and scored again with 1:41 left to go in regulation time. Martin Hajsman capped things off to give the Blazers the 8-0 win over Dallas with 55 seconds left to go. Atherton made 23 saves in the win as he improved to 5-0-0 and picked up his second shutout of the season. Oklahoma City improves to 10-0-0 this season.

Oklahoma City made 55 shots in the outing as Moustakis turned aside 47. Moustakis falls to 1-6-1 on the season, as Dallas falls to 2-12-2.

The same two teams face off again on Saturday night with a 7:00p puck drop.