The No. 15-ranked University of Oklahoma® Hockey club played well in the first and third periods tonight to beat No. 11-ranked University of Arizona by a score of 7-3 tonight before a crowd of 893 at the Blazers Ice Centre in Oklahoma City. Sooners defenseman Mark Tylka put the Sooners on the board first with a blast from the point just 1:12 into the game. Leading scorer Matt Pangrac put OU up 2-0 with a nifty wraparound goal at the 6:07 mark of the period. Danny Force scored the first of his three goals on the evening with a cannon shot from the blueline at 15:30 to put OU up 3-0. In the second period, Oklahoma relaxed and Arizona took full advantage, scoring two goals in the period to get within one goal of the Sooners at 3-2 at the end of 40 minutes of action. Arizona tied the game just over five minutes into the final period, but Owen Brewer put the Sooners back on top for good with a goal just 19 seconds later. Thereafter, Force scored twice more on the power play to complete his hat trick and hard-working Kyle Allan added a late goal before the final buzzer to make the final score 7-3. Sooners goaltender Aaron Schmeilski stopped 14 of 17 Arizona shots he faced while his Arizona counterpart, Luke Edwall, was pelted with 56 shots, stopping 49 of them. Arizona was 0 for 2 on the power play tonight while OU was 2 for 8 with the man advantage.

The No. 15 Sooners are now 17-10-2 on the season while Arizona drops to 16-11-0. The Sooners face Arizona again Saturday night at 7:30 P.M. at the Blazers Ice Centre.
Arizona 0 2 1-3
Oklahoma 3 0 4–7

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, OU, Tylka (Forbes, Borchgrevink), 1:12; 2, OU, Pangrac (Hall, Kenney), 6:07; 3, OU, Force (Jewell, Tresl), 15:30. Penalties: AZ, M. Pelletier (interference), 13:29; AZ, Marro (tripping), 16:57; AZ, Wochok (slashing), 18:32; AZ, Cwik (ten-minute misconduct), 19:50; AZ, M. Pelletier (ten-minute misconduct), 20:00.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, AZ, Cwik (Irwin), 12:36; 5, AZ, Conover (Nowinski), 17:47. Penalties: AZ, D. Pelletier (roughing, roughing, roughing, ten-minute misconduct), 6:53; OU, Tresl (roughing), 6:53; OU, Gray (roughing), 6:53; OU, Kudron (hooking), 8:25; AZ, M. Pelletier (cross-checking, game misconduct), 15:17; AZ, Cwik (boarding, unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:37; OU, Jewell (grabbing face mask major), 15:37.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 6, AZ, Marro (Connell), 4:59; 7, OU, Brewer (Borchgrevink, Forbes), 5:15; 8, OU, Force (Krumm), 7:46 (pp); 9, OU, Force (Brewer, Borchgrevink), 13:20 (pp); 10, OU, Allan (Hall, Pangrac), 19:25. Penalties: AZ, bench minor (too many men, served by Wochok), 1:52; AZ, Conover (interference), 6:02; AZ, Connell (holding), 12:31; AZ, D. Pelletier (game misconduct), 13:20.

Shots on goal:
Arizona 3 8 6-17
Oklahoma 18 21 17-56

Goalies: OU, Schmeilski (17 shots, 14 saves); Arizona, Edwall (56, 49). Referee: Rex. Linesmen: Little, Donovan. A: 893.

Chris Perry, General Manager
University of Oklahoma® Hockey
Phone: (405) 631-2709 / Cell: (405) 488-4048
Email: [email protected] / Fax: (405) 631-2102
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