Oil Kings Run Win Streak to Three
Edmonton, AB - The Edmonton Oil Kings (3-0-0-0) continued their trend of quick starts this season as a two-goal first period helped propel the team to a 4-2 win on home ice over the Medicine Hat Tigers (2-1-0-0).
The Oil Kings got off on the right foot once again thanks to their power play as Liam Keeler took a net front pass from Jalen Luypen and jammed it underneath Tiger's netminder Garin Bjorklund just shy of the five-minute mark of the opening frame.Â Less than five minutes later, Dylan Guenther would extend the lead as he finished off a picture-perfect tic-tac-toe passing play setup by line mates Kaid Oliver and Jake Neighbours with a one-timer from the left-wing circle.Â Thanks to some fine goaltending from Sebastian Cossa, the team would take their two-goal edge into the first intermission.
The second period saw the Tigers come out with some more pace in their game but were stymied on several occasions by Cossa, including a highlight-reel blocker save on Daniel Baker near the midway point of the second period.
"He made a couple real big saves there when they were turning it on," said Oil Kings assistant coach Luke Pierce on his goaltender.Â "That's what elite goaltenders do and that's what we needed from him, he gave us a chance to win tonight, there's no question."
It looked as though the Oil Kings two-goal bulge would carry over to the third period but in the waning moments of the second, Tigers forward Lukas Svejkovsky was able to elevate a puck into the back of the net on a Tiger man-advantage.
With their one-goal lead in hand, the Oil Kings were able to survive a penalty filled third period that saw the team shorthanded four times and ultimately it would be the penalty killers who would provide the dagger to the Tigers. At the 9:29 mark of the third period, Luypen would bust into the Tigers zone short-handed and snap home a shot from the left-circle for his second goal in as many games, a goal that would turn out to be the game-winner.
"That was a big one," said Pierce. "Great job by Jalen there and the whole group.Â They've got the green light if they make the right reads to go and try and create offence and that was a real big momentum turner for us and gave us a boost."
"It's certainly something we have to deal with here," added Pierce on his team's discipline. "This is three games in a row now where we've taken way too many penalties, we're just giving teams life and it's something we have to dial back."
Guenther would add some insurance for the Oil Kings just three-and-a-half minutes later steering home his second goal of the game on a blueline setup by Matthew Robertson.Â The Tigers did get one goal back on a power play marker from Eric Van Impe, but with just 40 seconds left on the clock, it proved to be too little, too late for the visitors.
The Oil Kings are back in action Saturday night when they travel to Medicine Hat to once again battle the Tigers, puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.Â Catch all the action at oilkings.ca/radio.
-The Oil Kings now have power play goals in three straight games to open the season with the team going 1 for 3 on the night.
-Dylan Guenther has now recorded three-straight multi-goal games to open the season, he had three multi-goal games all of last season.Â He now has a league best six goals and 10 points and is on a three-game goal and point streak (6G, 4A).
-Kaid Oliver (3G, 7A) and Matthew Robertson (0G, 6A) both extended their own point streaks to four games, dating back to last season with an assist each tonight.
-Jake Neighbours (1G, 6A), Liam Keeler (2G, 2A) and Jalen Luypen (2G, 2A) also find themselves on three-game point streaks to start the season.
-With his 82nd career assist tonight, Matthew Robertson took over sole possession of 6th most career assists by a defenceman in franchise history, passing Griffin Reinhart.
-With his 24th career win tonight, Sebastian Cossa tied former Oil King goaltender Todd Scott for the 6th most wins by a goaltender in franchise history.
-Oil Kings rookie forward Caleb Reimer skated in his first career WHL game tonight playing on a line with Tyler Horstmann and Jayden Henderson.Â Reimer is the fourth different Oil King to make his WHL debut this year joining defencemen Ross Stanley, Ethan Peters and Blake Heward.
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