Prescott Valley, AZ – The Arizona Sundogs lost Friday night against the Tulsa Oilers after the Oilers posted three goals in the final frame, sealing Arizona’s 5-3 loss at the BOK Center.
The Sundogs and Oilers exchanged goals in the opening period entering the first intermission tied at two goals each. Jordan Clendenning struck first for the Sundogs scoring on the rebound and tipping the puck past Tulsa’s goalie Shane Madolora. Credited with the assists were Bryan Cameron and Travis Ouellette. Seconds later the Oilers struck back with a top shelf power play goal scored by Adam Pleskach. 9:12 into the period and Brodie Zuk received a hard hit by Craig Cescon, leveling Zuk to the ice. Clendenning, stuck up for Zuk laying a hit of his own on Cescon which subsequently lead to 17 penalty minutes taking Clendenning out of the remaining first period and sending the Oilers on their second power play. Pleskach scored his second goal of the night 14:20 into the period when he scored on the blocker side of Andrew Engelage. Sundogs newcomer Travis Ouellette scored his first goal in a Sundogs sweater and his first professional career goal while on the power play. Justin Pender and Sebastian Geoffrion each picked up the assists.
The middle frame remained scoreless keeping the game tied at two goals apiece heading into the third. The Oilers locked in their win scoring three goals in the third period. Halfway through the period, Todd Robinson broke the stalemate with a shorthanded goal coming off the two minute holding minor accessed to Drew Fisher. Arizona didn’t let Tulsa’s goal go unanswered, when Paul Mcilveen chipped the puck in the net and extended his point streak to seven games. Geoffrion tallied his second point of the evening, with assist credit also given to another Sundogs newcomer Alex Velischek. Tulsa’s game winner came minutes later with a goal from Ryan Cramer and Michel Beausoleil insured their win after sliding the puck through the pads of Engelage.
Engelage faced 23 shots and made 18 saves. Arizona outshot their opponent 28-23 and were 1-3 on the power play. The Sundogs head back on the road after tonight’s game to meet the Missouri Mavericks Saturday night, before returning to the BOK Center in Tulsa for their rematch against the Oilers on Sunday.
The Arizona Sundogs are the Central Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. Season tickets, mini-plan, and single-game ticket information is now available by calling (928) 759-6600 or visiting arizonasundogs.com.