TULSA, OK (Dec. 13) - Wichita tried to mount a late comeback, down four in the third period, but the Oilers won going away by the final of 6-3 on Friday night at the BOK Center.
Patrik Parkkonen, Ostap Safin and Cameron Hebig found the net for the Thunder in the losing effort.
Tulsa struck first during a penalty-riddled opening frame. Josh Wesley fired a shot from the blue line that appeared to get tipped on the way towards Mitch Gillam to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead. The goal was awarded to J.J. Piccinich. 14 of the first 20 minutes were spent on special teams with the Oilers scoring a power play tally.
The Oilers scored three times in the second to grab a 4-0 advantage. Robby Jackson found the net at 6:11 to make it 2-0. Jack Kopacka increased the lead to 3-0 at 7:06. Jackson added his second of the night at 15:30 to make it 4-0. Parkkonen stopped the bleeding for the Thunder at 16:52 as he blasted a slap shot past Devin Williams from the blue line to cut the lead to 4-1.
In the third, Wesley tallied his 7th of the season on the power play at 1:35 to make it 5-1. The Thunder scored twice in 12 seconds and got back in the game as Safin and Hebig beat Williams. Jack Kopacka made it 6-3 at 17:15 to end the comeback attempt.
Safin and Hebig finished with three points apiece (1g, 2a). Spencer Dorowicz has assists in back-to-back games.
The Thunder continues on their four-game road trip tomorrow night at the BOK Center against the Tulsa Oilers.
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