The Thunder used power-play goals to break ties in the second and third periods and beat the Oilers 3-2 on Saturday night in Tulsa, ending a three-game losing streak for Wichita.
Kevin Young gave Wichita a 1-0 lead in the first period. Tulsa’s Ryan Menei tied the score with a goal 1:01 into the second period, but the Thunder regained the lead when RG Flath scored with a man advantage at 4:10.
Tulsa made it 2-2 early in the third preiod on Menei’s second goal of the night, Wichita wen back on top 3-2 less than two minutes later on Matt Summers’ power-play goal.
The teams will meet for the third consecutive day Sunday afternoon in Tulsa.
First period — 1, Wichita, Young (Flath), 6:35. Penalties — Inman, Wichita (interference), 9:41; Flath, Wichita (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:41; Gordon, Tulsa, (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:41.
Second period — 2, Tulsa, Menei (Gordon, Barlock), 1:01. 3, Wichita, Flath (Summers, Hanson), 4:10 (pp). Penalties — Schafer, Tulsa (hooking), 2:40; Summers, Wichita (high sticking double minor), 12:53; Beausoleil, Tulsa (cross checking), 19:37.
Third period — 4, Tulsa, Menei (Beausoleil, Gordon), 3:32. 5, Wichita, Summer (Lutz), 5:21 (pp). Penalties — Mariani, Tulsa (roughing), 3:43; Martens, Wichita (slashing), 16:38.
Power plays — Wichita 2 for 3, Tulsa 0 for 4.
Shots — Wichita 15-22-9—46, Tulsa 11-9-15—35.
Goalies —Wichita, Jung, 35 shots, 33 saves; Tulsa, Madolora 46-43.
T — 2:27. A — 4,978.