The Thunder scored four goals in the game’s first 25 minutes and rolled to a 6-1 win over the Oilers on Tuesday night in Tulsa, ending an eight-game losing streak.
Nick McParland and Matt Robinson had two goals apiece for the Thunder, and Taylor Nelson made 37 saves. The six goals was a season-high for the Thunder, and one goal allowed was the team’s best defensive effort.
McParland’s goal at 8:18 of the first period gave Wichita the lead, and Robinson made it 2-0 with a power-play goal five minutes later. Nelson made 17 saves in the opening 20 minutes.
A shorthanded goal by RG Flath a minute into the second period added to the lead, and McParland’s second goal at 4:38 of the second left the Thunder firmly in command.
Wichita will play its next six games at home beginning Friday against Tulsa.
First period — 1, Wichita, McParland (J.Wilson), 8:18. 2, Wichita, Robinson (Beauregard, M.Wilson), 13:28 (pp). Penalties — Wight, Wichita (tripping), 8:49; Cramer, Tulsa (cross checking), 12:50; M.Wilson, Wichita (hookinh), 19:20.
Second period — 3, Wichita, Flath (Walker), 1:01 (sh). 4, Wichita, McParland (Booras, J.Wilson), 4:38. 5, Tulsa, Pleskach (Bordon, Robinson), 9:37 (pp). 6, Wichita, Robinson (McParland, Linden), 13:45. Penalty — Booras, Wichita (tripping), 8:19.
Third period — 7, Wichita, Walker (Klempa, Donaghy), 10:32. Penalties — none.
Shots — Wichita 7-10-6—23, Tulsa 17-6-15—38.
Power plays — Wichita 1 for 1, Tulsa 1-3.
Goalies — Wichita, Nelson 38 shots, 37 saves; Tulsa, Madolora 11-8, MacKinnon 12-9.
T — 2:12. A — 3,251.