Guenther Propels Oil Kings to Win over Wheaties
Edmonton, AB - The Edmonton Oil Kings (25-9-2-1) got three third period goals on Saturday afternoon on their way to a 5-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings (17-14-2-2) at Rogers Place.
The Oil Kings showed no signs of rust as they entered play this afternoon having not played in nearly two weeks. In the opening minute, Jaxsen Wiebe was robbed of the game's opening goal after he and Dylan Guenther executed a give-and-go in front of the Wheat Kings net, but his bid for the back of the net was negated by an athletic right-pad save by Carson Bjarnason.
Logan Dowhaniuk did eventually solve Bjarnason for the game's opening goal at 8:09 of the frame as he was able to fire a wrist shot home from the point through a maze of bodies in front of the Brandon net.
The Oil Kings extended their lead just over two minutes later after Jalen Luypen showed off his great patience and vision after entering the Wheat Kings zone, pausing along the far wall and then zipping a cross-ice pass to an open Carter Souch on the back door where he made no mistake with his one-timer.
The Wheat Kings were able to chew into the Edmonton lead before the period was out with Vincent Iorio getting the Wheaties on the board with a power play marker with 3:57 left on the clock.
Early in the second period, the Oil Kings would be granted three power plays in quick succession but could not find an insurance marker.
At 12:10 of the middle stanza, Landon Robert tied the game at two for the Wheat Kings as he was able to elevate shot top corner over the left shoulder of Sebastian Cossa from the right-wing circle.
The Oil Kings fired 23 shots the way of the Brandon net in the period but could not restore their lead as the teams arrived at the second intermission deadlocked at two.
The Oil Kings restored their lead just 2:32 into the third period after Guenther was able to roof the puck from the side of the Brandon net off a rebound.
The Wheat Kings answered right back just over a minute later on a goal from Ridly Greig as he was able to bury his own rebound on an odd-man rush.
At 6:43 of the third, Guenther collected his second goal of the period to put Edmonton in front for good as he jumped on another rebound and wired a shot top-shelf from between the hashmarks in front of the Wheat Kings net.
Jake Neighbours put the game away at 10:34 of the frame as he took a pass from Guenther in the slot and lasered the puck past Bjarnason.
Cossa finished the night with 27 saves for the victory, while Bjarnason turned away 38 shots in the loss. The Oil Kings went zero-for-five on the power play, the Wheat Kings were one-for-three.
Next up, the Oil Kings head to Lethbridge tomorrow to take on the Hurricanes at 6:00 PM, you can listen to the game live at oilkings.ca/radio.
With his two assists this afternoon, Jalen Luypen recorded his 100th career WHL point.
The Oil Kings improved to 16-1-0-0 on home ice this season.
Jaxsen Wiebe is now on a five-game point streak (2G, 5A).
Dylan Guenther is now on a three-game point streak (3G, 4A).
Cole Miller is now on a three-game point streak (0G, 3A).
Edmonton Oil Kings Season Seats, Flex-Packs, Weekend Passes and Single-Game tickets, for as low as $20 per game, are currently on sale at oilkings.ca.
The Oil Kings next home game is Tuesday, January 18 when they welcome the Prince Albert Raiders to Rogers Place at 7:00 PM.
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