December 10, 2013, Saskatoon (ISN) – The Edmonton Oil Kings have been even strength all-stars for most of the season, but tonight it was their special teams that led them to victory.
The Oil Kings (20-9-0-1) scored once on the power play and twice shorthanded en route to a 3-1 win over the Saskatoon Blades (10-20-1-2) Tuesday in Saskatoon.
In addition to scoring twice, Edmonton’s penalty kill also held the top-ranked Saskatoon power play off the score sheet on four chances
“We’re doing the same things we’ve been doing most of the year, but we’re getting some key contributions from some secondary players,” Laxdal said. “They played us very hard; they’re a young team that works hard and I thought we responded well.”
Curtis Lazar scored on the power play to open the scoring, Cole Benson and Henrik Samuelsson both scored while a man down in the second as the Oil Kings won their sixth in a row and 15th of their past 18. Lazar finished with a goal and an assist, while Aaron Irving also had two helpers for the Oil Kings.
“I thought Cole Benson had a very good game. I thought he had an overall game. We had some really good balance in our lines,” Laxdal said. “I think everybody was on the same page.”
Tristan Jarry made 19 saves for his eighth straight win as Edmonton outshot Saskatoon 49-20. The 18-year-old Penguins prospect now leads the WHL with a 1.98 goals-against average this season.
Troy Trombley made 46 saves in the Saskatoon net, while Nikita Scherbak recorded the lone Blades goal.
The Oil Kings will be back in action Wednesday night when they visit the Prince Albert Raiders.