Vitali Mikhailov Sets Franchise Record in 3-1 Win

by Eric Rodgers

Friday night, the Oklahoma City Blazers began their final home series of the regular season, taking on the Casper Bobcats. Owen Liskiewicz picked up his first start in net for the Blazers since being acquired at the signing deadline, as they faced Henry Deenee in net for the Bobcats.

Oklahoma City began to assert control of the game early, jumping out to a 10-0 advantage in shots, eventually holding the Bobcats to just two shots in the first period. The Blazers then kicked off a scoring spree as Michael Jensen kicked off the scoring for OKC, scoring from the point through traffic. Nathan Inniss followed that up with a 2-on-1 rush, picking up the pass and scoring on the backdoor to make it a 2-0 OKC lead.

History was then made as Vitali Mikhailov picked up the puck from Jordan Sgro at the side of the net, pushing it past Deenee and putting OKC up by the 3-0 score, and scoring his 110th career goal as a Blazer, setting the all-time goals record for the franchise.

After the first period came to a close, Deenee and the Bobcats held the Blazers scoreless through the 2nd and 3rd periods. With just 21.1 seconds remaining in the game, Liskiewicz had his shutout bid come to an end as Daniel Silar ripped a shot into the top corner on a rush, and bringing the final score to a 3-1 Blazers win.

Both teams return to the ice at 7:00p on Saturday at Arctic Edge for the second of three games this weekend. Vitali Mikhailov continues his chase for the WSHL all-time goals record as he sits just four goals behind the league record.