December 8, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – Two first-place teams walked into Rexall Place this weekend, but it was the Edmonton Oil Kings walking away with four points.
The Oil Kings (19-9-0-1) followed a 5-4 win Friday night over the Portland Winterhawks with a 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon against the Medicine Hat Tigers (18-9-3-0) and have now won 14 of their past 17 games and five in a row.
“You look at the weekend, if you go in seeing you’re playing Portland and Medicine Hat, you’re going to get four points, then you’re going to take it,” said Edmonton Head Coach Derek Laxdal.
Dysin Mayo and Reid Petryk each had a goal and an assist to pace the Edmonton offence, but it was goaltender Tristan Jarry and the Oil Kings penalty kill that stole the game for them.
“I thought we played a great 10 minutes to start the game and from that point on, I thought Medicine Hat took the play to us all game,” Laxdal said. “I thought Tristan Jarry was outstanding tonight. He did his job and gave us a chance to win.”
Jarry made 38 saves for his 18th win of the season, including a great sliding glove save from his back and robbery of Medicine Hat captain Curtis Valk on a breakaway in the final minute.
“He came down and (Cody Corbett) was lucky enough to get a stick on him at the last second, so he helped me out,” Jarry said.
Medicine Hat outshot the Oil Kings 39-32, but Edmonton was able to limit the damage, especially shorthanded, killing all five power plays they faced. Daniel Wapple made 30 saves in a losing cause for the Tigers, while Tommy Vannelli scored the lone Medicine Hat goal.
The win, coupled with Calgary’s 4-1 win over Portland, means the Oil Kings are now in second place in the Central Division and third in the Eastern Conference, one point back of Calgary and two of Swift Current.
Sunday was also the final home game for Oil Kings Griffin Reinhart, Curtis Lazar, Henrik Samuelsson, Mads Eller and Edgars Kulda before the five of them take off for various World Juniors camps.
Edmonton now hits the road for games Tuesday in Saskatoon and Wednesday in Prince Albert before returning to Rexall Place Friday to host the Lethbridge Hurricanes.