Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Win In Tulsa

Blazers 4 at Tulsa 3 11:11:15

The Oklahoma City Blazers and the Tulsa Oilers played their first of 9 regular season games in Tulsa Wednesday with the visiting Blazers winning by a score of 4 to 3.  OKC carried the play and held a 4-1 lead until late in the third when Tulsa was able to get a couple goals back but it was too little too late as Oklahoma City outshot the Oilers 36 -27 and Blazer goaltender Filip Kostka picked up his 9th win of the season helping the team to a 11-2 record securing top spot in the Midwest Division. The Oilers fell to 9-9 on the season. Oklahoma City got goals from Kirill Romanov, Dominik Taras as well as Adam Skutchan who had a pair.

The Turnpike rivalry has seemed to be revived as a much improved Oiler team gave the first place Blazers all they could handle.The game didn’t go without fireworks as midway through the 3rd frame, former Blazer and now Tulsa Oiler sniper, Sam Mancini and Blazer defenseman Jiri Hajda dropped the mitts and began to settle things the old fashion way with a good old fisticuffs. Things got carried away as newly acquired Oiler Nicholas Walsh joined the fray as a third man in to help the smaller Mancini and the tempers flared. Blazers Captain Michal Beranek evened the pairings out and proceeded to pummel Walsh before the linesmen could jump in to break up the fights. The players were ejected and all  doubts that the rivalry was renewed and in full effect was put to rest.

Oklahoma City has  a short rest before beginning a 3 in 3 series this weekend against the Mountain Division powerhouse Casper Coyotes which could be an early preview of a potential conference final matchup. All games Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be played at the Blazers Ice Centre and a full house is expected. For more information on this weekends games call the Blazers office or visit their website for details.