Oilers Playoff Struggles Continue


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:18 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: Apr 1, 2011 8:52 PM CDT

Keith Leventhal
Oklahoma Sports Mobile Journalist

TULSA, Oklahoma – On Thursday night, the Tulsa Oilers played their first playoff game in 6 years. And it was one the team would like to forget as they fell to Mississippi 7-3.

The good news for Tulsa is that they didn’t have much time to think about that loss. The Oilers and RiverKings were back on the ice on Friday night for game 2 of their series.

Tulsa did make a big change before the game, starting Trevor Cann in net in place of Ian Keserich, who had a rough time in game 1.

Unfortunately, the goalie change didn’t help much. For the 2nd straight night, the Oilers got off to a very rough start. Evgeny Timkin scored 8 minutes into the game for Mississippi. Then, just 97 seconds later, his teammate, Patrik Levesque, also put one in the net to give the RiverKings a quick 2-0 lead.

It stayed that way until late in the 2nd when Tulsa finally got going. Michel Beausoleil scored a power play goal to cut the RiverKings lead in half.

Heading into the 3rd, Tulsa still trailed 2-1. The Oilers tried to get the game-tying goal in the final period, putting 8 shots on net. But, Mississippi goalie Alexander Pechurskiy stopped every one of them. Then, with just a few seconds remaining, Chris Richards scored an empty-net goal for Mississippi. And that was it. Mississippi knocks off Tulsa for the 2nd straight night, this time by a score of 3-1.

So, after 2 games in Tulsa, it’s Mississippi that actually leads the series 2 games to none. And that leaves the RiverKings just one win away from ending the Oilers season.

Both teams will now load up the bus and head to Mississippi. The RiverKings will host game 3 of the series on Sunday evening. If needed, game 4 would also be in Mississippi on Tuesday night. And if it does go all the way to a 5th game, that would be back in Tulsa on Saturday, April 9.