Tulsa got goals from Miles Liberati and Ryan Tesink in the final from to lift the Oilers to a 4-2 win over the Rapid City Rush on Sunday at the BOK Center in Tulsa.
The game was deadlocked at 2-2 after two periods and deep into the third when Liberati scored the game-winning goal with one minute to go in the game when the puck took an unusual bounce off a corner support piece and ended up in open ice in front of Rush goalie Tyler Parks. Assists on Liberati’s goal went to Dakota Joshua and Cam Knight.
Twenty-one seconds later Tesink, who had a three-point game, scored unassisted to run the Oilers lead to 4-2.
The Rush weren’t able to score in the late going, despite pulling goalie Tyler Parks so Rapid City could play at a man-advantage.
Playing for the third time in as many nights, the Rush took a 1-0 lead when Dexter Dancs scored at the 6:39 mark of the first period. Alex Rauter and Richard Coybe assisted on Dancs counter.
The Oilers tied the game at 1-all with 5:17 left in the first period when Steven Kaunisto scored, with Mike McKee and Tesink assisting.
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Rapid City regained the lead early in the second period when Giovanni Liore scored an even-strength unassisted 2:36 into the period. Tulsa came right back and tied the game at 2-2 two minutes later when Ian McNulty scored an even-strength goal. Tesink and J.J. Piccinich assisted on McNulty’s goal.
The game remained tied until Liberti and Tesink scored at the 19:00 and 19:36 marks of the final period.
The Rush outshot the Oilers 42-29 and didn’t score a goal on three man-advantage situations. Tulsa finished the game 0 for 5 on the power play.
Parks suffered his first regulation loss of the season in just his sixth start, stopping 38 of 41 shots in the defeat (3-1-2-0).
Rapid City (5-3-2-0) returns to action on Wednesday when the Rush open a three-game series against the Idaho Steelheads (7-1-2-0). Wednesday’s game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Rapid City, now with 12 points on the season, and Idaho, which leads the Mountain Division with 16 points, play again on Friday and Saturday, with both games starting at 7:05 p.m.