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Allen falls to Tulsa after surprising comeback
The Allen Americans could not hold down the Tulsa Oilers, and Oilers erased a three-goal deficit en route to a 5-4 win.
Tulsa let multiple leads slip away before eventually digging out of a three hole to pick up the win. The Oilers took a 4-3 advantage on a goal by Drew Fisher at 17:43 in the second period. Tulsa found itself down 3-0 after Allen's Scotty Howes put the puck home on the power play at 1:13 in the second period. After tying things up at 4-4 on a goal by Howes at 19:47 in the second, the Oilers got the game-winner from Ben Gordon at 10:40 in the third period.
Tulsa surpassed its usual scoring output this season. The Oilers average 2.9 goals per game. Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals. By firing 35 shots on goal, Tulsa exceeded the 26.1 shots it averages per game this year.
Tulsa also got points from Sean Erickson, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Ryan Menei, who also registered one goal and one assist. Tulsa also got a goal from Gary Steffes as well. In addition, Tulsa received assists from Michel Beausoleil, who had two and Kyle Mariani, Mike Ullrich, Troy Ofukany, and Ryan Cramer, who contributed one a piece.
The Americans' offense rang up 36 shots on the Oilers' net.
Allen additionally got points from Darryl Bootland, who also had one goal and two assists. Other players who recorded assists for Allen were Brett Skinner, who had one and Anthony Maiani, who had two.
Mike Garman made 32 saves for Tulsa on 36 shots. The Oilers incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Steve Silverthorn rejected 30 shots on goal for Allen. The Americans incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.