Tulsa, Oklahoma – The Allen Americans begin a three games in three nights set this weekend with the first game on the road in Tulsa against the Oilers before a pair of games at home on Saturday and Sunday. Friday night’s game was a barn burner, seeing both clubs score a combined nine goals in the eventual Tulsa victory.
The Americans opened the scoring early on just their third shot of the game when Daryl Bootland fired his 7th goal of the year past Mike Garman in the Tulsa net at 4:22 of the opening period. Anthony Maiani earned his 12th assist on the year on the Bootland goal. A little over ten minutes later, the Americans extended their lead to 2-0 on an unassisted goal by Scotty Howes, his 11th goal of the young season. Allen held the lead 2-0 at the end of the first period while outshooting Tulsa 14-12.
The second period opened just like the first with an early Americans goal, this time on the power play. Scotty Howes lit the lamp for the second time in the game at 1:13 of the period to give the Americans a commanding 3-0 lead, assisted by Anthony Maiani and Daryl Bootland. Tulsa was able to cut into the lead when Ryan Menei created a turnover at center ice and scored on the breakaway at 4:54. The Oilers continued to mount their comeback when Gary Steffes scored on the power play, assisted by Michel Beausoleil at the 8:39 mark. Troy Ofukany made a great play to keep the puck in the Americans zone before passing it to Sean Erickson who fired in the Oilers third unanswered goal to tie the game 3-3 at 15:45 of the middle frame. Ryan Cramer was credited with the second assist on Erickson’s tying goal. Not content with just tying the game, the Oilers then took their first lead of the night on an unassisted goal by Drew Fisher less than two minutes later, the Oilers fourth unanswered goal of the game. In the final seconds of the third period, Allen’s Scotty Howes completed the hat trick to tie the game 4-4 at 19:47 assisted by Brett Skinner and Daryl Bootland. Tulsa outshot Allen 15-12 in the period and gained a slight edge after two periods, 27-26.
Tulsa took back the lead just past the midway point of the third period on a deflection by Ben Gordon that snuck past Americans netminder Steve Silverthorn. Mike Ulrich and Kyle Mariani earned the assists on Gordon’s marker at the 10:40 mark. That would be the goal that the Oilers needed as Tulsa was able to hold on for the 5-4 win. Allen outshot the Oilers 10-8 for the period and 36-35 for the game.