It was bound to happen sooner or later, especially when you play a team for the 5th time in 9 games. After playing a 4th game in five nights, the Allen Americans were dealt their first defeat in regulation, falling 3-1 to the Oilers on a Cowboys-thinned crowd.
Tulsa came out and absolutely brought the kitchen sink to the Americans who had to rely heavily on David Brown who was got the start. The first two shots that Tulsa sent towards Brown were blocker-side high and Brown was in perfect position to protect the post on both occasions. The one time that David was caught out of position, one of the newest Americans, Jonathan Lessard did his best goalie impersonation as he made a glove save while kicking out the left leg to keep the game scoreless halfway through the first period.
At 12:01, Tulsa took advantage of Kale Kerbashian turnover in the Allen zone. Kerbashian gloved down a pass at the blue line and as he dropped the puck to stick it out, the puck took an awkward bounce and went directly to the stick of Brandon Coccimiglio and he patiently skated the puck to the right faceoff circle and waited for Brown to drop down. As Brown sprawled out to take away the bottom of the net, Coccimiglio lifted the puck and gave Tulsa the lead.
Brown kept the score deficit one on several occasions, none closer than when Michel Beausoleil sent the puck to the front of the net behind the goal line and the puck caromed off Mike Berube’s back and into the waiting glove of Brown.
It took Tulsa only 40 seconds to extend the lead when Adam Pleskach knocked the puck glove high and past Brown, with the assist coming from Coccimiglio. In his postgame press conference, Coach Steve Martinson refuted fatigue as being an issue, however at one point during the 2nd period, the Oilers were the team with the motivation and momentum as everyone on the Tulsa bench was standing while the Allen bench was lifeless. The coaches didn’t even appear to be talking.
Life was injected to the Americans when Kerbashian took a feed from Jarret Lukin and Trevor Ludwig on the power play and cut the lead in half, but that would be all the offense Allen would muster. Allen would ultimately outshoot the Oilers, 16-6 in the 2nd period, but Oiler’s netminder Shane Madolora was there to make 27 saves out of 28 shots.
“We just got beat on the boards,” said Coach Martinson after the game. “We had some good looks in tight, but we just didn’t hit like we have. We’re 7-1-1, but we’re several goals away from being 0.500.”
Allen will be off until Thursday as they travel to expansion Brampton in Ontario, Canada. Off season acquisition, Phil Fox will be activated for the games against the Beast. Allen returns to the Allen Event Center to face the same Brampton team on Friday the 15th, before facing off against these Tulsa Oilers the following week for two more games.