October 4, 2013, Edmonton, AB – If Curtis Lazar needed any more motivation, the Prince Albert Raiders gave it t him Friday night.
Lazar took a cross-check to the face while celebrating a goal midway through the first period and went one to score two more, finishing with three goals and an assist as the Edmonton Oil Kings (3-3-0-0) whipped the previously unbeaten Raiders (5-1-0-0) 9-1 in Prince Albert.
Riley Kieser opened the scoring for Edmonton just 32 seconds into the game, redirecting an Aaron Irving point shot past Cole Cheveldave. Lazar made it 2-0 12:42 into the first period and, while celebrating the goal, was viciously attacked with a cross-check to the face by Raider forward Jayden Hart. Hart was ejected, and Lazar responded by scoring again just 30 seconds later to make it 3-0.
“I thought Curtis led by example,” said Head Coach Derek Laxdal. “I thought he was much better than in Brandon.”
“I didn’t like the cross check, but Mitch (Moroz) did a great job going in there for his linemate.”
From there the scoring parade continued for the next two periods for the Oil Kings as Kieser (2), Cody Corbett, Henrik Samuelsson, Mads Eller and Edgars Kulda all lit the lamp.
“That was a very good game for us. I thought we competed from start to finish. We won a lot of battles and we played with an energy that we’ve seen in spurts, but that was the most consistent that we’ve done it,” Laxdal said.
It was a night of firsts for the Oil Kings, as Kieser got his first goal with the team since coming over in a summer trade with Vancouver, Kulda got his first of the season and Eller got his first career WHL goal with a wicked slap shot into the top corner.
Overage forward Reid Petryk, acquired Tuesday by the Oil Kings in a trade with Everett, picked up his first point as an Oil King with an assist on Corbett’s goal, and Mitchell Walter netted his first WHL point with a helper on Samuelsson’s goal.
“We broke up Curtis and Sammy so we had four balanced lines,” Laxdal said. With Reid Petryk and getting Mads back, it allowed us to balance our lines. Our guys battled hard to get what they scored.”
Tristan Jarry was solid in net for the Oil Kings, stopping 17 shots, including a pair of breakaways by the Raiders. The Oil Kings outshot Prince Albert 51-18, with Cheveldave making 12 saves on 16 shots and back-up Nick McBride making 30 saves on 35 shots in his first WHL appearance.
“When he was challenged, he had to make the saves he made. It was a step in the right direction, let’s put it that way,” Laxdal said of Jarry. “He’s trying to get back into that rhythm and I thought he did a better job tonight.”
Carson Perreaux picked up the lone Prince Albert goal with a third-period power-play strike.
The Oil Kings will be back in action Saturday, as they wrap up a three-game road trip in Saskatoon.
NOTES: Lane Bauer, Brandon Ralph and Jesse Mills were scratched for the Oil Kings. … The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Oil Kings. All nine Oil Kings goals came at even strength as they went 0-6 on the power play.