TULSA, Okla. – Nick Schneider stopped 37 shots on goal and Darrian Dziurzynski scored in his third consecutive game.
But that wasn’t enough to claim a road win as the Kansas City Mavericks dropped a 2-1 decision to the host Tulsa Oilers Tuesday night at the BOK Center
Tulsa prevailed on the strength of goaltender Olie Eriksson Ek, who made 36 saves.
“They were coming off a four-games-in-five-days stretch and we didn’t come out with any urgency,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said after his team fell to 1-3-0-0. “And that’s not acceptable. We had guys floating around out there. We have a lot of depth on this roster and we’re going to find players who want to play Mavericks hockey.”
Tulsa improved to 2-5-0-0 with both of their victories coming against the Mavericks.
The Oilers totaled 22 shots in the first period, but Schneider didn’t allow any of them to reach the back of the net. Dziurzynski netted his team-leading third goal of the season at the 16:37 mark of the opening frame. Forwards Mitch Hults and Mason Morelli picked up the assists on the goal. The Oilers ended up outshooting Kansas City 22-8 in the period.
The goaltending duel continued into the second period, as Eriksson Ek turned in a clean sheet in the middle frame, stopping all 11 Mavs’ shots.
Tulsa drew even on a goal from Devin Sideroff on the power play at 10:52. Jared Thomas and Josh Wesley assisted on the game-tying goal.
At the 14:28 mark of the third period, Tulsa grabbed a late 2-1 lead on a goal by Robby Jackson. Adam Pleskach was credited with the lone assist on the goal.
The loss leaves the Mavericks in last place in the ECHL’s Mountain Division with two points. Idaho leads the division with a 4-0-0-0 record and eight points.