Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers win, Another injury

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The Blazers squeezed out a 5-4 win over the visiting Tulsa Oilers. But once again, another key player was injured and will likely be out of the line-up.  Skilled Blazers forward Kirill Romanov gave the Blazers life when they appeared dead in the water scoring two goals before being injured. Romanov got the Blazers on the board 5 minutes into the second period and then scored again to give the Blazers a 3-0 lead after Matt Levene’s league leading 23rd of the year. Romanov broke in alone on Tulsa goaltender Richard Albrecht and scored a nice goal on the forehand deke before crashing into the end wall. Romanov would not play another shift and Blazers were forced to juggle 13 skaters for the remainder of the game. Tulsa pressed the Blazers and goaltender Jakub Krejci for the final 20 minutes of the game with a flurry of chances but the B’s were able to hang on for the win. Oklahoma City veteran forward Matthew Audette and Levene each had a goal and an assist on the night and Colton Nelson also added his 2nd of the year on a nifty 2 on 1 pass from Dominik Vlk. Ivan Bukshevannyy paced the Oilers with a pair of goals. Jakub Krejci got the win in net for the Blazers making 37 saves on 41 shots.

“A win’s a win,” said head coach Tyler Fleck. “It was ugly all night but we will take it. I’m concerned over some of the things I saw tonight that need to be corrected immediately. Way too much individualism and the turnovers we had tonight were awful. We won’t win very many games playing like that. The fact that we were short guys is absolutely no excuse for some of the decisions we made tonight with our play. I can honestly say that Tulsa outplayed us. Krejci was forced to make some huge saves to preserve the win.”

Another game and another injury to a key player for the Blazers. Fleck knows his guys will all have to dig deep to pick up the slack.

“Injuries are a part of the game, they happen. You cannot control the timing of an injury. When you are short players, some guys play more and their risk of getting hurt goes up, that’s what happened tonight. Romanov scores a beautiful goal and then goes flying into the boards and gets hurt. Romy is a tough kid, he wanted to come back and play but there was just no way. I highly doubt we will see him back this weekend.”

Oklahoma City will likely lose Romanov for the the next games but they will get back Devin Burchett tomorrow after serving his suspension and power forward Eric Lietz for Sunday when his suspension will be served.

The Blazers and Oilers go at it again Saturday at 5PM at the Blazers Ice Center and then again on Sunday at 11AM.