Oklahoma City Blazers rips Dallas Snipers, 5-1
Oklahoma City Blazers had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 5-1 win over Dallas Snipers.
Dallas Snipers was stymied by Oklahoma City Blazers' netminder Jakub Krejci, who stopped 33 shots during the victory. The solid play of Krejci will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 2.81.
Kirill Romanov was all over the ice for Oklahoma City Blazers, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Romanov scored the first of his two goals at 5:07 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Oklahoma City Blazers. Alex Smith provided the assist. Romanov's next tally made the score 4-1 Oklahoma City Blazers with 9:22 left in the second period. Mike Evans picked up the assist.
Oklahoma City Blazers was often in penalty trouble, totaling 15 minors and three majors for 45 minutes in penalty time. Oklahoma City Blazers surpassed its season average of 28.0 penalty minutes per game. Oklahoma City Blazers forced Dallas Snipers goalie Alex Moustakis to work between the pipes, taking 32 shots.
Oklahoma City Blazers also got points from Petr Kobes, who also had one goal and one assist. Oklahoma City Blazers also had goals scored by Matt Levene and Victor Ekk, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Oklahoma City Blazers were Drake Johnson, Colton Nelson, Kole Hudson, Devin Burchett, and Lubos Vacek, who contributed one each.
Dallas Snipers' penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled nine minors and three majors for 33 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 20.0 minutes per game Dallas Snipers had been spending in the box. Dallas Snipers excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. Dallas Snipers could not produce up to its normal offensive output. Dallas Snipers puts an average of 4.3 pucks into the net per game. Oklahoma City Blazers was unable to stop Dallas Snipers from sending pucks towards the net, and Dallas Snipers eventually piled up 34 shots on goal.
Dallas Snipers was led by Erik Svensson, who scored the team's only goal. Svensson scored on the power play 8:47 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Oklahoma City Blazers. Dallas Snipers had taken the advantage when Oklahoma City Blazers' Johnson got sent off for tripping. Justin Becton assisted on the tally.
Alex Moustakis made 27 saves for Dallas Snipers on 32 shots. Dallas Snipers registered one goal on nine power play opportunities.