Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Sweep Oilers at BOK Center

This past Saturday and Sunday, the Oklahoma City Blazers took on the Tulsa Oilers at the BOK Center, home of the ECHL Oilers, to finish off their three-in-three weekend. After defeating the Oilers on Friday night, the Blazers looked to continue their winning ways as the games moved to the big ice in downtown Tulsa.

Saturday afternoon saw the closest action of the weekend as the Blazers were able to get a 5-3 win. Tulsa was quick to score for the second game in a row as they opened the scoring just 53 seconds into the game. Tomas Rubes led the Blazers back to the lead as he picked up a pair of goals in the first, along with a goal by Ivan Bondarenko to put OKC up 3-1 after the first. Tulsa was the first to score in the second period to get back within one, but Tomas Rubes scored his third of the game for the hat trick to put OKC up 4-2. Another goal by Vitali Mikhailov gave the Blazers the 5-2 lead after two. The Oilers scored the lone goal in the third period to get back within a pair, but the Blazers shut down any further Tulsa chances to secure the win. Drennen Atherton earned the win in net on Saturday, turning aside 15 shots.

Sunday morning, the series concluded with Oklahoma City completing the sweep and doubling up Tulsa with an 8-4 win. Though OKC came in with the majority of the shots in the first period, it was a scoreless affair through the first 16 minutes of regulation time. At 16:25, it was the Blazers breaking open the scoring with a goal by Ivan Bondarenko, followed by two quick goals by Victor Ekk and Tomas Rubes to put the Blazers up 3-0 after one.

The Blazers and Oilers went back and forth in goals throughout the second and third period as Cory King, Vitali Mikhailov, and Pavel Oxiouta, while Rubes and Bondarenko added a second goal apiece, as Oklahoma City rolled to the win. Phil Babb took the win for OKC, making 14 saves and earning an assist on a goal as well.

With the sweep, the Blazers stayed on top of the Midwest Division standings, currently tied with the El Paso Rhinos in points. The Blazers hold a game in hand to the Rhinos, giving OKC the edge in points percentage.

The Blazers return home this coming weekend to take on the Dallas Snipers at the Blazers Ice Centre. Call the Blazers office 405-601-6489 for tickets as the Blazers continue their quest for the Thorne Cup.