Samuelsson’s heroics push Oil Kings past ice

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Photos by Sylvia Labelle (ISN) 

October 20, 2013, Edmonton AB (ISN) – At the end of a long weekend for the Edmonton Oil Kings, Henrik Samuelsson sent them off on a winning note.

Samuelsson grabbed a rebound by the side of the net, waited out Kootenay Ice goalie Mackenzie Skapski, then put the puck under Skapski’s arm for the overtime winner as Edmonton (6-6-0-1) downed the Ice (6-6-1-0) 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Rexall Place.

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Oil Kings jam the net to help out goalie Tristan Jarry – Photo by Sylvia Labelle 

“It wasn’t personally my best game, but it was great to finish it off there,” Samuelsson said. “We got four out of six points (this weekend) and we’ve got some momentum now going into our road trips.”

It was Edmonton’s last home game until November 14 as they clear out of Rexall to make room for the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and wrapped up the Oil Kings’ first three-games-in-three-days weekend of the season with a 2-1-0-0 record.

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Kootenay Ice celebrate their first goal of the game by Collin Shirley – Photo by Sylvia Labelle 

“Today’s a typical three-in-three-nights game for both teams,” said Edmonton Head Coach Derek Laxdal. “Both teams were trying to generate a lot of energy and it just kind of went back and forth a little bit. You can see our team is really tired tonight. I think Kootenay was a little tired.”

The scoring opened on a weird play midway through the first period as Rinat Valiev attempted to clear the puck for Kootenay but wound up putting it through the five-hole on Skapski for the game’s first goal.

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Shapski covers the puck on Baddocks attempt to score as Peel holds him back from retrieving the puck – Photo by Sylvia Labelle 

Credit went to Mitch Moroz of the Oil Kings, extending his point streak to 11 games and his goal streak to five.

“It’s got to be my best goal ever I’d say,” joked Moroz, who also drew a penalty late in regulation that led to a power play that expired just as Samuelsson scored the winner. “I don’t even have to touch the puck right now. It’s just going in from everywhere I guess.”

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Edmonton natives Jaedon Descheneau andCole Benson take the face off – Photo by Sylvia Labelle 

Kootenay tied it up late in the frame on a goal by Collin Shirley, and took the lead in the second courtesy of Luke Philp.

Aaron Irving made it 2-2 late in the second with a power-play goal from a sharp angle for his second of the season.

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Walter Mitchell skating the puck in – Photo by Sylvia Labelle 

Tristan Jarry made 25 saves for the win for Edmonton.

The Oil Kings are back in action Wednesday when they visit the Moose Jaw Warriors.

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Samuelsson and Zboroksy battle in the corner for the puck – Photo by Sylvia Labelle 


1. Henrik Samuelsson

2. Aaron Irving

3. Curtis Lazar

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Curtis Lazar abnd Luke Philp battle for the puck – Photo by Sylvia Labelle 

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Samuelsson waits for the pass as Dirk is waiting to assist Shapski with the save – Photo by Sylvia Labelle 

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Kootenay Ice leave the ice while the Oil Kings celebrate Samuelsson’s overtime goal. – Photo by Sylvia Labelle 

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