November 30, 2013, Cranbrook, B.C (ISN) – Curtis Lazar had a three-point night and the Edmonton Oil Kings continued a strong road trip with a 5-1 win over the Kootenay Ice Saturday night in Cranbrook, B.C.
The Oil Kings (16-9-0-1) won their second in a row on their three-in-three road trip this weekend, jumping on the Ice (15-12-2-0) early and controlling the play for most of the game.
“We played well start to finish. I thought we came out with a real strong forecheck and the kids were physical. We had a solid effort from everywhere,” said Oil Kings Head Coach Derek Laxdal.
“The kids really performed the game plan well. They really stuck to it and when they got away from it, they got back to it quick.”
Brandon Baddock notched his first goal of the season to open the scoring for the Oil Kings, banging home a loose puck in front of the Kootenay net.
“We wanted to get that first goal to gain a little confidence in this building,” said Laxdal, whose team didn’t win a regular season game in Cranbrook in three tries in 2012-13. “It’s a tough building to play in. Kootenay comes hard at you.
“It was just a simple play of getting pucks to the net and going to the net hard.”
Curtis Lazar made it 2-0 1:09 later, redirecting a Griffin Reinhart shot past Kootenay goaltender Mackenzie Skapski. The assist was Reinhart’s 100th career WHL point.
Aaron Irving added his sixth of the season in the second period, while Edgars Kulda and Brett Pollock struck in the third.
Sam Reinhart finally got the Ice on the board with a shorthanded breakaway goal with 7:40 to play.
Oil Kings goalie Tristan Jarry was sharp all game long, especially killing a 5-on-3 power play in the second period. He made 23 saves to record his 15th win and improved his league-leading goals-against average to 1.98. Skapski made 27 saves for the Ice in a losing cause.
The win vaults the Oil Kings from sixth in the WHL Eastern Conference to fourth. Edmonton has games in hand on all three teams ahead of them in the standings and has now won 11 of their last 14.
The Oil Kings will be back in action on Sunday as they wrap up their road trip with a return to Lethbridge, the site of their 2-1 win Friday night.