TULSA, Okla. – For 40 minutes Sunday afternoon at the BOK Center in Tulsa, it appeared the Kansas City Mavericks might return home to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena with a 2-0 lead in the 2019 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Kansas City took a 2-0 lead into the final period, but a furious third-period rally by the host Oilers led to a disappointing 3-2 overtime loss for the Mavericks.
Oilers forward Stephen Perfetto scored the game-winner 8:54 into the overtime period.
“Welcome to playoff hockey,” said Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson, whose team plays host to the Oilers in Game 3 of the Mountain Division first-round series at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at SEC Arena. “Tulsa came out and played desperate playoff hockey in the third period and a couple of mistakes led to the game going into overtime.
“Then, they found a way to win in overtime. We wanted to win at least one game on the road, and we were able to do that, but we came so close to coming home up 2-0 in the series and that it’s disappointing. But we can’t dwell on that. All we’re thinking about is Wednesday’s game and what we have to do to take a 2-1 lead in the series.”
Corey Durocher scored at 8:06 of the first period. The Mavericks forced an offensive zone turnover and Durocher beat Tulsa goaltender Devin Williams to give the Mavericks the lead. Durocher’s second goal of the series came on assists from Mark Cooper and Jared VanWormer as the Mavericks maintained the 1-0 lead to the end of the period despite being outshot by the Oilers 13-7.
Forward Joey Sides doubled the Mavericks’ lead at the 13:03 mark of the second period, stuffing home a rebound to give the Mavericks a 2-0 lead. Greg Betzold and C.J. Eick earned assists on the play.
But a determined Tulsa team came out of the locker room in the third period, with Adam Pleskach collecting a loose puck and slipping it past Mason McDonald at the 6:49 mark.
The Oilers tied it 2-2 with 8:05 left in regulation on a goal by Jared Thomas.
Perfetto won the game 8:54 into overtime on a goal assisted by Alex Dostie. Perfetto chipped a loose puck over McDonald’s shoulder for the game-winner.
McDonald finished Game 2 with 42 saves on 45 shots after saving 39 in a Game 1 victory.
“We won one of two on the road, now it all comes back to Independence for the next three games,” Dickson said. “It will be good to be back home, play in front of our fans and get a few more victories.”