The Allen Americans continued their torrid title defense Wednesday night as they hosted the Tulsa Oilers, their 3rd game in a row they’ve played against each other. It appeared as if Allen would handle business, but Tulsa would put up a great fight and in the end, Allen needed the shootout to defeat the Oilers, 4-3 and improve their record to 5-0-1.
Wednesday also marked the return of President Cup hero, Todd Robinson who signed with Tulsa in the offseason. In a very classy act by the Allen Americans organization, Todd was presented with his championship ring prior to the drop of the puck, where other players had their rings sent to their new locations.
It didn’t take Allen long to light the lamp as Daryl Bootland was able to put the puck under Oiler’s goalie, Ross MacKinnon, as he was being tackled from behind at the 1:30 mark. Daniel Tertrault and Alex Lavoie assisted on the goal.
As was the case for most of the night, there was a lot of back and forth skating. At 10:27, the captain, Mike Berube fired the puck from the left point and the seeing-eye puck scooted inches off the ice and through MacKinnon’s 5-hole to give the Americans a 2-goal lead. Tulsa cut the lead in half when Todd Robinson fed Michel Beausoleil who skated past the defense and put the puck under the pad of Bryan Pitton with 2:27 left.
The two teams would trade goals in the 2nd period and a couple of fights including one where Tulsa’s Kyle Bochek took a cheap knee shot on Lavoie and Jonathan Lessard immediately dropped the mitts and engaged Bochek.
Just as the game started, the Oilers wasted no time tying the game in the 3rd period as Ryan Cramer tied it up at 3-3. Cramer was credited with a shorthanded goal as the 4-on-4 had just expired and Allen was on the power play. One area of concern to go along with the 45 total shots Pitton had to face was Allen going 0-for-8 on the power play. Tulsa also was held scoreless on their power play, however, it was the Americans being called for 6 of the last 8 penalties, including two in the overtime period.
The game would come down to the shootout where, in the CHL, teams send 5 shooters out and it would come down to just one shooter as Americans defenseman, Tyler Ludwig was the only one to net a goal in the skills competition.
Allen will host the Denver Cutthroats on Friday evening and then will pick back up with these Tulsa Oilers as they head to Oklahoma for a tilt on Saturday before both teams returning to the Allen Event Center Sunday afternoon at 4:05 PM.