Play continues at the Western States Shootout where all WSHL teams are competing in league action. That includes games against the CPJHL All Stars, who have invaded Las Vegas to compete in the United Hockey Union (UHU) event.
For the second straight day the CPJHL team took their Tier II WSHL opponent to overtime only to come up short. Not bad for a group that is playing together for the first time in another country. The Ontario-based league is considered Tier III by the UHU.
Tulsa scored first in the Tuesday game after just over five minutes played. That was quickly answered when Garrett Ouellette scored for the All Stars :18 later. Things settled down after before the Oilers scored at 10:30 of the opening half to lead 2-1.
Early in the second half play was controlled the the CPJHL group. Goals by Devin Gates and John McRae had the All Stars take the lead 3-2. It was short-lived though as Tulsa tied the game at 15:31 and much of the momentum. Despite being outshot 25-15 in the second CPJHL goaltender Motoki Watanabee kept the score tied sending the game into overtime.
It took the Oilers just :42 to end the game when Connor Rickabus scored the game winner beating Watanabee, who finished the game with 39 saves.
Monday’s game against the Fresno Monsters had a different feel, despite the similar outcome. CPJHL scored the first two goals of the game and led at halftime 2-0. Goal scorers were Preston Bobyk and Gates. Goaltender Brian Tempel was brilliant in the period stopping all 22 shots on net.
Fatigue became a factor in the second half as the All Stars managed just eight shots in the 25 minutes. Fresno worked hard to tie the game forcing overtime. Kolton Huff netted the game winner at 2:55 of the extra period to give Fresno the victory.
Tempel would finish with 39 saves in a losing effort for the CPJHL All Stars.