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Hensick extends point streak to 14 games as Walleye slip

TOLEDO, Ohio – Adam Pleskach’s hat trick spurred the Tulsa Oilers to a 5-2 win over the Toledo Walleye on Friday at the Huntington Center, snapping the latter’s six-game point streak.

T.J. Hensick assisted on both Toledo (26-11-4-3) goals as he lengthened his franchise-record point streak to 14 games, tallying 19 points (6-13-19) during that stretch. In all, the former Michigan Wolverine has notched 15 multi-point efforts this season and remains atop the ECHL scoring race with 56 points (16-40-56) in 44 appearances.

Trevor Hamilton drew first blood for the Walleye 7:12 into the contest. Hensick’s face-off win propelled the puck to Matt Register, who set up Hamilton at the point for a one-timer into the top left corner. 

Tulsa (26-16-4-2) pulled even on its first power play chance 1:29 later, when Pleskach skated to the top of the right circle and ripped a snapshot inside the left post.

The Walleye quickly reclaimed the lead with a power play goal of their own at the 10:21 mark. Just six seconds into an Alex Globke slashing minor, Hensick’s rinkwide pass from the left half-boards reached Wolfe at the top of the right circle for a wrist shot into the top right corner.

The Oilers knotted the score at two apiece with 2:43 gone in the middle period. Hamilton managed to lift Globke’s stick to prevent a shot from the top of the left circle, but the puck squirted free to Charlie Sampair for a snapshot into the top right corner. 

Kaden Fulcher reached back to smother a puck on the goalline at 7:41 of the second, much to the dismay of Sampair, who received a game misconduct for making contact with referee Jacob Rekucki after the goal was waved off. However, the Oilers jumped in front for good 16 seconds later when Scott Henegar fed Mike McKee for a one-timer at the top of the left circle.

Pleskach padded the Oilers’ advantage with a pair of insurance tallies in the final frame. Tulsa’s lone representative in the 2019 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic slid the puck underneath a sprawling Fulcher at the 4:16 mark, before redirecting Dylan Bredo’s slap pass in the high slot on the power play to complete the hat trick at 15:28.

Toledo finished 1-for-6 on the man advantage, while Tulsa converted on 2-of-7 opportunities. Evan Fitzpatrick recorded 27 saves for his 12th victory of the season, as Fulcher was tagged with the loss despite turned away 30 shots.

What’s Next:
The Walleye return to the Huntington Center on Saturday for a 7:15 p.m. tilt against the Brampton Beast.

Three Stars:
1. Tulsa – Adam Pleskach (hat trick)
2. Tulsa – Jared Thomas (two assists)
3. Tulsa – Dylan Bredo (two assists)

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