RAPID CITY, SD — The visiting Tulsa Oilers took full advantage of their powerplay opportunities en route to a 3-1 victory over the Rapid City Rush on Wednesday night.
The majority of the opening frame was scoreless until Alexandre Ranger was lit the lamp with under a minute left. On their second powerplay of the night Ranger fired a shot to beat Rush netminder Christian Frey at 19:07 of the period. Assists would go to Eric Drapluk and Charlie Sampair on the goal. Tulsa would take the 1-0 edge into the 1st intermission, outshooting Rapid City 12-to-9 in the opening 20 minutes.
Just over halfway through the middle frame Adam Pleskach scored on the Oilers third powerplay of the evening, taking the feed from Sampair and rifling the puck by Frey at 12:12, to double the visiting team’s lead to 2-0. Assists would go to Sampair and Devin Williams for the tally. Heading into the 2nd intermission both teams had tallied 23 shots-on-goal and the Oilers had managed to score on 2-out-of-3 powerplay chances while the Rush were not able to score on either of their powerplay opportunities thus far.
Rapid City finally got on the board at 12:12 of the 3rd period when Peter Sivak scored his 18th goal of the season, firing the puck over the shoulder of Oilers netminder Devin Williams to cut the Tulsa lead in half at 2-1. Rapid City wouldn’t be able to get the equalizer, however, and Tulsa put the nail in the coffin at 19:31 when Garrett Ladd scored on the empty net for the final 3-1 tally.
The Oilers outshot the Rush 40-to-30 on the night and held the two crucial goals on the man advantage. The two points in the standings tonight also helped them hold onto the 4th playoff spot in the Mountain Division.
Devin Williams is credit with the win stopping 29-of-30 shots on the night while Christian Frey takes the loss stopping 37-of-39 shots.
Rapid City Rush: Rapid City will play in their final series ever against the Colorado Eagles this weekend, who are moving up to the AHL next season. Puck drop for the first game is schedule for Friday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center at 7:05pm MT.
Tulsa Oilers: The Oilers will host the Wichita Thunder for a pair of games this weekend. The first game will be Saturday night at the BOK Center with puck drop scheduled for 7:05pm CT.