Moroz plays hero in Oil Kings win

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January 26, 2014, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – The way they had played all game, it was only fitting Mitch Moroz and Henrik Samuelsson would win it for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Moroz capped a three-point game for both players when he banged home a rebound off a Samuelsson shot in overtime as the Oil Kings (34-13-0-1) completed a home-and-home sweep of the Calgary Hitmen (31-12-3-3) with a 3-2 win Sunday in Calgary.

“Our guys just stuck to the game plan for a hard-fought road win in a tough building to win,” said Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal. “It was a playoff type game.”

The win gave the Oil Kings sole possession of first place in the WHL Eastern Conference as they moved ahead of Calgary by one point with a game in hand.

“Obviously it’s going to gain some confidence for our team,” Laxdal said. “There’s two teams here that there’s a lot of culture and history here, and both teams want to make a playoff push.”

Dysin Mayo opened the scoring for Edmonton as his point shot 13:27 into the first period found the top corner on Calgary Netminder Chris Driedger.

Connor Rankin responded for the Hitmen before the end of the frame, however, beating Tristan Jarry over the shoulder to even it at 1-1. Jake Virtanen gave Calgary a lead midway through the second, converting on a two-on-one chance, but Henrik Samuelsson sniped the top corner with 21 seconds left in the period to even it back up.

The score stayed that way until overtime when Samuelsson forced a turnover in the neutral zone and broke in with Moroz, rifling a shot off Driedger that Moroz chipped in on his backhand for his 26th goal of the season.

“They did a good job of battling along the wall in the defensive zone, and it created a good shot. Mitch did a great job of driving the net and getting a stick on it,” Laxdal said.

Jarry made 20 saves for his 30th win of the season, while Driedger stopped 24 shots in a losing cause.

Edmonton went 0-4 on the power play while Calgary finished 0-5.

The Oil Kings will be back in action Tuesday for a matinee affair as they host the Brandon Wheat Kings for the 5th Annual CN Hockey Hooky. Puck drop is at 11:30 a.m., with over 7,000 school children expected in attendance.

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