TULSA, Okla. - Playoff hockey is in full swing for the Tulsa Oilers. It’s the first time since the team joined the ECHL they’ve been in the postseason.
“That's what the whole season is all about,” head coach Rob Murray said.
But, game one against the Kansas City Mavericks didn't go Tulsa's way Thursday night, losing 6-4.
“You know we scored enough goals to win a game. We just got to defend a little better and take it from there,” Murray said.
The game started out on the Oilers side. Just over three minutes in rookie Roman Ammirato scored the first goal of the night. Moments later, Stephen Perfetto made it 2-0. But, Kansas City had something to say about that.
“I think we played them 12 times maybe, and that was the hardest we've seen them play,” right wing Adam Pleskach said. “That was the best game we've seen out of them. We believe that's the best they've got. We're going to raise our level a couple of gears here and go at ‘em.”
They'll need to pick up the home win Sunday evening while they can. The best of seven series shifts to the Mavericks home rink for the next three games.
“It's not over if we aren't able to win tomorrow night but, it will make things that much tougher. That's for sure,” Murray said.
This team has already seen its share of battles this season. The Oilers bounced back from an 11-game losing streak to win their division and make it to the playoffs.
“Sometimes that's what you need. You need to have some adversity that you learn from and grow from. With that experience behind us any bumps in the road in the playoffs we should be ready for,” Murray said.
They're ready for the puck to drop and get that momentum back on their side. Game two of the series set for 4:05 Sunday at the BOK Center.
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