The Tulsa Oilers went two for three on the power play, and Charlie Sampair had a hand in every goal as the shorthanded squad defeated the Rapid City Rush 3-1 score on Wednesday night at the Premier Home Mortgage Ice in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Alexandre Ranger scored the only goal of the first period in the final minute of action for the Oilers. On his team’s second power play of the game with 53.8 seconds remaining, Ranger fired a shot past Rush goaltender Christian Frey to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead (Erik Drapluk and Charlie Sampair assisted).
Tulsa’s took a 2-0 lead with 7:48 to play in the second period. On the Oilers final power play of the game, goalie Devin Williams earned one ofn the assists as his pass to Sampair came to Adam Pleskach, who rifled a shot under the glove of Frey.
The Rush eventually got on the scoreboard in the third period. With 7:48 left in the game, Peter Sivak fired a shot over the shoulder of Williams to cut the deficit late to 2-1 (the goal was unassisted). Unfortunately for the Rush, that was as close as they would come to Tulsa received an empty-net tally from Garrett Ladd with under a minute remaining to close out the win and an important two points in the standings to earn sole possession of the fourth place position in the Mountain Division.
Frey suffered the loss, stopping 37 of 39 shots in the effort (3-11-2-1).
The Rush continue their busy week as they host Colorado Friday and Saturday. It's the final matchups between the two long-time rivals, as Colorado moves up to the AHL next season.