February 14, 2014, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – The bounces aren’t going the right way for the Edmonton Oil Kings.
The Oil Kings (40-14-1-1) outshot the Red Deer Rebels (28-26-1-3) 52-23 Friday night at Rexall Place, but some sharp goaltending from Patrik Bartosak, a hat trick from Scott Feser and an own-goal from the Oil Kings led to a 3-2 overtime loss.
The Oil Kings opened the scoring 12:02 into the game as Dysin Mayo’s point shot beat Bartosak high, but Red Deer got on the board 3:35 later when Aaron Irving’s attempted pass behind his own net hit goaltender Tristan Jarry and went in. Feser was credited with the goal for the Rebels.
Edmonton retook the lead midway through the second period as Edgars Kulda notched his 21st of the season just as a power play expired.
Feser struck again for Red Deer 5:35 into the third, however, beating Jarry for a second time. He completed the hat trick 1:59 into overtime, tapping the puck in after working a give-and-go with Connor Bleackley.
Mads Eller finished with a pair of assists for the Oil Kings and now has points in his last three games, while Lane Bauer and Reid Petryk also had helpers for Edmonton.
Jarry made 20 saves in a losing cause, while Bartosak was stellar for Red Deer, stopping 50 pucks.
Both power plays went scoreless, with the Oil Kings finishing 0-5 and the Rebels 0-3.
Edmonton still holds on to first place in the Eastern Conference, two points up on the Calgary Hitmen with two games in hand.
The Oil Kings will be back in action Monday for a Family Day matinee with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Puck drop is at 2 p.m.