April 28, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The WHL’s Battle of Alberta is going the distance. The Calgary Hitmen came from behind to beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 4 – 3 in overtime Sunday afternoon at the Saddledome.
Brooks Macek scored the OT winner after the Hitmen scored a pair of powerplay goals in the third period to send the game to extra time. The series shifts back to Edmonton for the seventh and deciding game set for Tuesday night at Rexall Place starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for Game 7 will go on sale Monday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m.
“You have to give Calgary credit. They answered the bell here tonight.” said Oil Kings Head Coach Derek Laxdal. “They were down 3 – 1 going into the third and their backs were against the wall. They had a good push back. We also had a good push back in the third and some chances in overtime and we didn’t bury them. You know what happens after that usually. The other team usually comes down to score.”
Edmonton jumped out to a 2 nothing lead after the first 20 minutes of play with goals from Ashton Sautner and Curtis Lazar.
“It has nothing to do with our lack of chances, that’s for sure.” said Curtis Lazar when asked about the Oil Kings 0 – 3 record in overtime in these playoffs. “I think it’s just puck luck. Especially tonight, we had some glorious chances but the bottom line is they got their chance and they put it in.”
“It’s tough knowing that we could’ve closed them out tonight but they had a very good effort. The powerplays for both teams were the difference tonight.”
The Oil Kings powerplay was 0 for 5 on the night. The Hitmen powerplay was 2 for 5.
Stephane Legault scored his 6th of the playoffs to give the Oil Kings a 3 – 1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Spencer Humphries scored the only Hitmen goal in the first two periods of play. Brady Brassart scored on a 5 on 3 powerplay just 7 seconds into the third period. Brooks Macek capitalized on another powerplay at the 7:56 mark of the third period to set up the dramatic finish.
The seventh and deciding game of this thrilling Battle of Alberta is set for Tuesday, April 30th back in Edmonton at Rexall Place. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Tickets for that game go on sale Monday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m. Advance ticket sales for all Oil Kings home playoff games start at just $20. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance to save compared to ‘day of game pricing’. Those are available at the Rexall Place Box Office at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at OILKINGS.CA.