Oilers Clip Thunder In Season Opener, 4-3

By: Wichita Thunder.com Email
By: Wichita Thunder.com Email

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October 19, 2012

The Oilers jumped out to a three-goal lead, getting scores from Michel Beausoleil, Steffes and Ben Gordon. Matt Tassone got the Thunder on the board at 5:39 of the second period after he initially missed a centering feed from Ian Lowe. He stayed with the play and beat rookie net-minder Dan Bakala to make it 3-1.

In the third, Matt Summers deflected a Dave Inman shot into the net and cut the lead to one, making it 3-2. Ryan Cramer answered for Tulsa at 16:41 to make it 4-2. The Thunder answered quickly, however, as RG Flath banged home a rebound just 19 seconds later to make it 4-3.

Bakala shut the door down the stretch and was able to give the Oilers their first win of the season, holding on for a 4-3 victory. He made 25 saves on 28 shots while Kevin Regan stopped 16 of the 20 shots he faced for the Thunder.

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