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January 11, 2014, Lethbridge (ISN) – The Edmonton Oil Kings just keep on rolling. The Oil Kings (29-12-0-1) won their sixth straight with an 8-0 decision Saturday over the Lethbridge Hurricanes (9-32-2-3) in Lethbridge, giving them 15 wins in their last 18 games.

It’s been a hot couple of months for the Oil Kings, who have strung together nine and six game winning streaks on either side of a three-game blip surrounding the Christmas break.

The guys built off last night’s game and scored early in this one,” said Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal.

“Once you get up four or five, you need to make sure the guys keep playing with good habits, and I liked our third period; it was probably our best period of the game.”

Things were never in doubt in this game, as the Oil Kings scored twice in the first period while holding Lethbridge to just three shots in a command performance.

Edgars Kulda led the way for Edmonton with two goals and two assists, the first four-point game of his career. Kulda now has goals in five of his last six games for the Oil Kings. Blake Orban chipped in with two assists and a goal, his first as an Oil King, while Riley Kieser scored a pair for Edmonton. Brett Pollock, Reid Petryk and Mads Eller also tallied for Edmonton, while Kieser and Kulda each had a shorthanded score.

“Riley worked hard for the goals he got tonight, so give him credit. That’s what Riley brings to the table and it’s good to see him get rewarded for his tireless effort,” Laxdal said.

Tyler Santos, making his sixth start of the season, made 23 saves to pick up the shutout, his second on the year.

“He played last week there and got a win, and tonight he made a couple big saves in the second and third. The guys played hard in front of him, but Sants was good, too,” Laxdal said.

With the win, the Oil Kings now close the gap for first place in the Eastern Conference to four points and still hold a game in hand on the Calgary Hitmen.

Edmonton will return to Cranbrook, B.C. Sunday to face the Kootenay Ice to wrap up their three-games-in-three-days road trip.

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