Oilers drop preseason game to Thunder
WICHITA, KS (KFAQ) - In their lone preseason contest, the Tulsa Oilers dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Wichita Thunder on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,911 at the Wichita Ice Center. Thunder forward Matt Summers netted the game-winner and was the only player from either club to convert his shootout attempt.
Less than five minutes into the game, in what is sure to be the first of many scraps between the Oilers and Thunder this season, Tulsa rookie Kyle Leahy squared off with Wichita forward Jared Walker. Seven minutes later, the Oilers opened the scoring thanks to two players seeing their first professional ice time. University of Connecticut product Evan Carriere, buried a feed from fellow rookie Mike Hartviksen at the 11:21 mark of the first frame. Just 42 seconds after Carriere’s strike, Burke Gallimore responded with a goal for the Thunder and the rivals were deadlocked at 1-1 heading into the second period.