Snipers Blindside OKC, Blazers Fall 7-4
Saturday night, the Oklahoma City Blazers and Dallas Snipers faced off in the second of three games in their weekend series. Bobby Cloutier picked up the start in net, against Kyle Plantz for the Snipers.
The Blazers opened up the scoring in this contest, 15:02 into the 1st period as Daniel Baranek snuck the puck past Plantz through traffic to make it a 1-0 lead. Dallas answered right back as Jasa Jenko found himself all alone along the goal line, walked the puck to the crease and scored to tie it up 1-1, which remained the score into the first intermission.
Dallas owned the 2nd period, scoring another three straight goals. Hunter Best, Jasa Jenko, and Karsten Portell combined to put the Snipers up 4-1, and pulling Cloutier from the net as Josh Martinez took over midway through the period. OKC attempted to battle back, but the score remained 4-1 after forty minutes.
Doubling their shot total in the 3rd period, the Blazers tried to claw their way back into the contest, but each time they scored, the Snipers found a way to answer back. Vitali Mikhailov made it a 4-2 score, but Jenko picked up the hat trick to make it a three-goal deficit once again at 5-2.
As the minutes ticked down, the Blazers showed life with just under five minutes remaining as Tobias Thorner and Henrik Overvall combined to bring OKC within one at a 5-4 score. But once again, Dallas answered back with Igor Litvinenko to make it 6-4, and Jenko scored his fourth of the game with the empty net to seal the win for the Snipers.
Cloutier made 14 saves on 18 shots faced as he picked up the no-decision. The loss was credited to Martinez (as the decision goes to the goaltender in net at the time of the game-winning goal), making 5 saves on 7 shots.
The two teams close out their weekend series on Sunday at Arctic Edge!