Ryan Menei scored the clinching goal in a shootout, and the Tulsa Oilers picked up the extra point in a 4-3 (2-1 SO) win over the Denver Cutthroats.
The shootout lasted for 10 attempts between the teams. Denver's shootout goal was scored by Brett Lutes. In addition to the clincher, Tulsa got a shootout goal from Michel Beausoleil.
The Oilers saw a two-goal lead disappear, but was able to secure the win in a shootout. Tulsa made the score 3-1 on a power play goal by Drew Fisher at 17:18 in the first period. The Cutthroats evened things up at 3-3 on a power play goal by Brad Smyth at 13:16 in the third period.
The Oilers got the win on the strength of a great game by Fisher, who had two goals and one assist. Fisher scored the first of his two goals at 15:19 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Tulsa. Ryan Barlock provided the assist. Fisher's next tally made the score Tulsa with 2:42 left in the first period. Tulsa had gained a power play chance when Luke Fulghum was whistled for tripping. Menei picked up the assist.
The Oilers put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Denver to score on any of its four power plays. By firing 29 shots on goal, Tulsa exceeded the 19.8 shots it averages per game this year. The defensemen of the Oilers were also effective in the Cutthroats' zone, and came away with two goals.
Tulsa also got points from Menei, who also registered one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Tulsa were Ben Gordon and Sean Erickson, who contributed one a piece.
Denver put 30 shots on net during the contest, more than the 20.7 it averages per game.
The Cutthroats were helped by A.J. Gale, who racked up one goal and one assist. Gale scored 6:36 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Smyth provided the assist. Denver additionally got points from Troy Schwab, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Smyth, who also had one goal and one assist. In addition, Denver received assists from Brandon Vossberg, Sean Zimmerman, and Glenn Cacaro, who each chipped in one.
Tulsa's Shane Madolora stopped 27 shots out of the 30 that he faced. The Oilers totaled 15 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major and went 1-for-2 on the power play. Kent Patterson rejected 25 shots on goal for Denver. The Cutthroats ended with 11 minutes in penalty time with three minors and one major.
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