January 3, 2014, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – The Edmonton Oil Kings and Moose Jaw Warriors may be at opposite ends of the WHL standings, but when the two squads meet this season, it still feels like the fierce rivalry.
The Oil Kings (25-12-0-1) prevailed 6-3 over the Warriors (12-23-3-3) in a physical battle Friday night that saw four fights, six third period goals and the third Oil Kings win over Moose Jaw in as many tries this season.
“I think (two years ago) in playoffs, that’s where it really started,” said Oil Kings defenceman Cody Corbett. “They’re a tough team, and I don’t mind playing teams like that. I like it.”
Corbett led the Oil Kings attack with two goals and an assist, recording his 100th WHL point in the process, while Henrik Samuelsson had a pair of helpers to run his point streak to seven games. Ashton Sautner, Mitch Moroz, Luke Bertolucci and Edgars Kulda also scored for the Oil Kings, and newcomer Blake Orban had an assist for his first point with the team after being acquired on Thursday from Vancouver.
Orban also picked up a third period fight against former Vancouver Giants teammate Scott Cooke, making a big impact in his first game in an Oil Kings uniform.
“It got pretty crazy there and definitely a pretty physical game, lots of emotion in it,” Orban said. “I think the first period was definitely an adjustment … but once that first period ended, I kind of settled in and felt a lot better out there.
“(Cooke and I) actually got drafted in the bantam draft together, and we played together a couple years,” he added. “We were actually pretty good buddies, but heat of the moment, you don’t have any friends out there.”
Tyler Santos made 26 saves for the Oil Kings to pick up his second win of the season in his first start since Nov. 22.
“It felt really nice to play back at home again,” he said. “I was really excited to get at it and do the best I possibly could”
Josh Uhrich, Brayden Point and Sam Fioretti scored for the Warriors, who got 31 saves from Justin Paulic in net.
Edmonton will be back in action Saturday night when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds at Rexall Place in the only meeting of the season between the two teams. The first 1,000 fans through the doors will receive an Oil Kings t-shirt.