October 5, 2013, Edmonton, AB – It was all cylinders firing for the Edmonton Oil Kings early Saturday night, but eventually they ran out of gas.
Edmonton (3-4-0-0) raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first period against the Saskatoon Blades, but didn’t get another as the Blades (1-5-0-0) clawed back for a 5-3 win in Saskatoon.
Just like Friday night in Prince Albert, the Oil Kings got off to a quick start, as Henrik Samuelsson found Brett Pollock with a nifty back-door pass to take a 1-0 lead 1:28 into the game.
Mitch Moroz and Reid Petryk-his first as an Oil King-also scored in the first as Edmonton rushed out to a big lead, but Collin Valcourt cut that lead to two before the period was out, chipping a rebound past Tristan Jarry.
The Blades further chipped away at the Edmonton lead in the second period, as a bad turnover by Jarry gave Graham Millar an open net to make it 3-2.
In the third, the Blades took over, as Nathan Burns scored a shorthanded goal and Graeme Craig tallied twice to complete the scoring.
Edmonton outshot Saskatoon 40-28, but Blades netminder Troy Trombley made 37 saves to get the win.
Jarry, meanwhile, made 23 saves in a losing cause.
Samuelsson finished with a pair of assists on the night, giving him a league-leading 12 on the season and 16 points, while Moroz picked up his team-leading seventh goal. Curtis Lazar assisted on Moroz’s goal and has points in all three games since returning from training camp with the Ottawa Senators.
Edmonton is back to Rexall Place Wednesday to take on the Everett Silvertips after a 1-2-0-0 road trip. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m.