Oklahoma Citys Michel Beausoleil tied a CHL season-high with four goals Saturday but still ended up on the short end of a 7-5 score in Tulsa as the last full day of action concludes prior to the CHL All-Star Break. Elsewhere Saturday, Amarillo handled Odessa 5-1, Fort Worth edged Bossier-Shreveport 2-1 (SO), Wichita nipped Youngstown 2-1, Colorado doubled up Lubbock 4-2, Laredo rolled over Memphis 6-1 and Austin outskated Rio Grande Valley 2-1 (SO).
Oklahoma City 5 @ Tulsa 7
The Oilers appeared to have this one in full control early in the second period and ahead 4-0, but Michel Beausoleil sparked a comeback that nearly cost Tulsa a victory. Beausoleil scored once late in the second period then added three more goals and an assist in the final frame but his heroics were not enough. Beausoleils four-goal performance was the second this season in CHL, joining Youngstowns Jeff Christians four goals November 4th in the SteelHounds 4-3 home opening win against the Blazers. All-Star Jim Dahl (2 goals, 2 assists), Henry Kuster (2 goals, assist) and Paxton Schulte (goal, 2 assists) figured prominently for Tulsa in the victory.
Odessa 1 @ Amarillo 5
Amarillo All-Stars Mark DeSantis, Derek Hahn and Scott Wray combined for five goals and eleven points as the Gorillas trimmed Odessas Southwest Division lead to seven points. Defenseman DeSantis enjoyed his finest offensive night of the season, scoring twice and adding two assists, while Hahns goal and three assists extend his CHL scoring race lead to 13, now with a total of 67 points. Mike Rutter was the lone Jackalope to beat Shawn Degagne in the Amarillo net, making 35 saves to earn his 13th win of the season.
Fort Worth 3 @ Bossier-Shreveport 2 (SO)
Extra time required For the fourth time in seven meetings between the Brahmas and Mudbugs, with Fort Worth emerging victorious on Ben Gustavsons shootout game winner. Trailing 1-0 after 40 minutes of play, goals by Bossier-Shreveports Jason Basile and Jason Campbell 54 seconds apart gave the Mudbugs a 2-1 lead. All-Star Bret DeCecco tied the game with just 34 seconds left in the third with goaltender Larry Sterling pulled for an extra attacker.
Wichita 2 @ Youngstown 1
Jason Duda and Kris Wiebe each capitalized on the power play for the Thunder, giving them wins in two of a three game set in Youngstown. Jeff Christian scored his own power play goal (his CHL-leading 32nd score of the season) to bring the SteelHounds within a goal, but thats as close as they could come. Wichitas Laplante picks up his 14th win of the year, making 31 saves.
Colorado 4 @ Lubbock 2
Tied 2-2 through 56 minutes of play, goals by04-05 CHL MVP Greg Pankewicz and Ryan Tobler gave Colorado a victory an evening after being shutout 3-0 in Amarillo. Garrett Larson and Aaron Grosul also scored for the Eagles, with Emery Olauson scoring both goals for the Cotton Kings.
Laredo 6 @ Memphis 1
Laredo jumped out to a 5-0 lead en route to a commanding 6-1 victory a night after a 3-0 shutout loss in Bossier-Shreveport. Brent Cullaton scored twice, while Jef Bes and Chris Grenville each had a goal and an assist for the Bucks. Rob Ouimette spoiled the Bucks shutout bid with a goal late in the second period for Memphis.
Rio Grande Valley 1 @ Austin 2 (SO)
Miguel Beaudry turned aside 40 shots as the Ice Bats picked up their fourth win in five games. Scoreless after 40 minutes of play, Austins Aaron Schneekloth and Rio Grande Valleys Trevor Weisgerber exchanged goals 2:09 apart in the third to set up overtime and the shootout, won by Austin on Aaron Davis seventh goal of the season.