December 11, 2013, Prince Albert (ISN) – For 50 minutes Wednesday night in Prince Albert, the Edmonton Oil Kings looked to be in complete control. In the final 10, they almost lost it all.
The Oil Kings (21-9-0-1) survived a furious third period comeback to hold off the Prince Albert Raiders (17-13-2-0) for a 7-5 victory, their seventh win in a row.
The Oil Kings appeared to have control of the game when Mitch Moroz made it 5-2 47 seconds into the third period with his second of the night, but the Raiders responded with goals from Dakota Conroy and Gage Quinney scored to cut the lead to 5-4.
Curtis Lazar scored his second of the night to make it 6-4, but Leon Draisaitl responded less than a minute later to once again make it a one-goal game.
The Raiders would get no closer, however, and Aaron Irving iced it with half a second left on the clock to seal the win for the Oil Kings.
Lazar and Moroz each had two goals, while Brett Pollock, Lane Bauer and Irving all also scored for the Oil Kings. Pollock, Irving, Ashton Sautner and Reid Petryk all finished with two points for Edmonton.
Conroy had a pair of goals for Prince Albert, while Quinney, Draisaitl and Tim Vanstone also scored for the Raiders.
Tristan Jarry made 24 saves for his ninth win in a row as the Oil Kings were outshot 29-28. Cole Cheveldave allowed five goals for the Raiders before being replaced by Nick McBride.
The win keeps Edmonton on top of the Eastern Conference standings as they return to action Friday night when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes, beginning a three-game homestand that will take them into the Christmas Break.