03/15/2015 6:40 PM
Photo by: Kevin Pyle
TULSA, OK- The Brampton Beast came out motivated and threw a haymaker right in the face of the Oilers during the first five minutes of the game with their energetic play and spirited fore check, but Tulsa had an answer in the form of Beast killer Jeff Jubinville. The Oilers rookie forward notched his first career four-goal game in a frantic first period and led his team to a 8-1 defeat of the Beast at the BOK Centre in Tulsa.
Justin Donati scored his 11th goal of the season while Brett Lyon and Cal Wild added assists. Ryan DeMelo made 15 saves in a losing effort that saw positives few and far between.
The majority of play in the first period was in the Tulsa zone. The Beast did a good job setting up in the offensive zone and creating chances for themselves, but it was the Oilers who struck first. After Matt McCready turned the puck over at the blue line, Drew Fisher skated wide into the Beast zone and found Jeff Jubinville in front of the net, and he blasted a one-timer past DeMelo for a 1-0 Oilers lead. While the crowd was still cheering, the Oilers went back into the Beast zone and like déjà vu, Fisher found Jubinville who drove home the one-timer for a 2-0 Tulsa lead.
Three minutes later when the Oilers' Dave Pszenyczny was in the box for tripping, the Beast set up their power play in the offensive zone. The puck was worked around the Tulsa end and it found its way to Cal Wild in the corner. He threw the puck on net, and it was batted on goal by Brett Lyon; the rebound squeaked loose and onto the tape of Justin Donati, who ricocheted the biscuit into the back of the net off the backside of Kevin Carr to reduce the deficit to one.
When Stephon Thorne was sent off for three separate minor penalties and six total minutes, the Oilers stagnant power play went to work. They worked the puck around to T.J. Caig on the half wall. Caig circled and skated the puck to the top of the circle before wiring a slap shot past a screened DeMelo for a 3-1 Oilers advantage. In the final two minutes of the power play, Jubinville went back to work. He took a pass from Adam Pleskach and zipped a shot past DeMelo for his second hat trick against the Beast this season.
The second period gave the Beast some more trouble when just 2:23 into the frame, Oilers captain Nathan Lutz broke into the Beast zone. Lutz was directed into the corner by the defender and threw a prayer onto the Beast goal that was answered, as Tulsa took a commanding 5-1 lead on a shot that was banked in off of DeMelo.
Three and a half minutes after that, the Oilers once again broke into the Beast zone with numbers. The puck was dropped back to Jon Booras who fired a bouncing puck on net that was waved at and missed by DeMelo, and the Oilers took a 6-1 advantage. With 45 seconds left in the period, the Oilers added some frosting on the cake, with Jubinville potting his fourth of the game to knock DeMelo out of the game.
Dalton McGrath saw his first action in a Beast uniform when he came out to start the third period. He looked good for the majority of the period but was beat at 8:17 of the frame when Brady Ramsay took a feed from Kyle O'Kane to seal the 8-1 victory for the Oilers.
The Beast home on Thursday March 19, when they host St. Patrick's Day at the Powerade Centre, where fans are encouraged to rock their most outrageous St. Patty's Day gear. Friday March 20 is the Night of Champions, where the Beast will be celebrating success and excellence in sport. Sunday March 22 is team picture day, where the first 1000 fans in attendance will receive a free team picture that you can get signed during the free skate after the game!
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