INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Kansas City Mavericks dropped Game Four of the Mountain Division Semifinals to the Tulsa Oilers by a final score of 4-3, evening the series at 2-2. Mavericks forward Mark Cooper netted two goals on the night and defenseman Willie Raskob assisted on two goals. Game Five will be Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
The Mavericks claimed the 1-0 lead on Mark Cooper’s third goal of the series with 1:52 left in the first period. All three of his goals this postseason have been scored on the power play. Defenseman Willie Raskob picked up his fourth playoff assist on the goal. The Mavericks outshot the Oilers 9-7 in the period.
Tulsa tied the game at one goal apiece with 7:36 left in the second period, when Stephen Perfetto gathered a loose puck in the neutral zone and converted a breakaway chance for the game-tying goal. Alex Dostie picked up the lone assist on the goal. The goal was Perfetto’s fourth of the series. Kansas City reclaimed the lead with 1:40 to go in the middle frame when Rocco Carzo stuffed home a loose puck next to the goalmouth, giving the Mavericks a 2-1 lead going into the third period. Assisting on the goal were forwards Darian Dziurzynski and Corey Durocher.
The Oilers quickly tied the game early in the third period, when Jared Thomas redirected a shot by Scott Moldenhauer to even the game at 2-2. Thomas got the goal, Moldenhauer the assist at the 2:59 mark of the third period. Roman Ammirato also picked up an assist on the goal. The Oilers snagged a go-ahead goal with 3:12 left in regulation on a goal from Adam Pleskach. Ryan Tesink and Dostie assisted on the goal. The Mavericks pulled goaltender Mason McDonald and the Oilers quickly scored an empty net goal by Dostie. The Mavericks clawed their way back into the game, making it a one goal game on Cooper’s second tally of the game and his fourth of the playoffs. Cooper’s final goal wasn’t enough as time ran out on Kansas City and Tulsa evened the series at 2-2.
Mountain Division Semifinals (KC leads 2-1)Game One: 6-4, Kansas City - KC leads series, 1-0Game Two: 3-2 (OT), Tulsa - Series tied, 1-1Game Three: 3-2, Kansas City - KC leads series, 2-1Game Four: 4-3, Tulsa - Series tied, 2-2Game Five: April 20 at Kansas CityGame Six: April 23 at TulsaGame Seven: April 24 at Tulsa*(*if necessary)
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