February 17, 2014, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – The Edmonton Oil Kings took their scoring frustrations out on the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
After scoring just five goals on 97 shots in back-to-back losses to Prince Albert and Red Deer earlier in the week, the Oil Kings (41-14-1-1) exploded for a 12-0 win over the Hurricanes (12-44-2-3) in a Monday matinee at Rexall Place.
The Oil Kings set new franchise highs for goals in a game and power-play goals in a game (six) in the blow out.
“We were trying to respond from Friday and Wednesday night, and we wanted to finish off this home stand the right way,” said Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal.
“It was good to get our power play rolling,” added forward Mitch Moroz, who played his 200th career WHL game. “We had been struggling in that department, but hopefully that boosts the numbers, gives us a little confidence. It’s definitely important down the stretch.”
Reid Petryk led all scorers with a goal and four assists, while Henrik Samuelsson, Moroz and Brett Pollock all had four points on the night. In total, 13 different Oil Kings picked up a point, while eight had multi-point efforts.
Moroz and Curtis Lazar continued their back-and-forth atop the Oil Kings goal charts, each scoring a pair in the win. Lazar still leads the team with 32 goals, while Moroz sits one back at 31.
“It’s like if Curt scores, I’ve got to try to keep up,” Moroz said with a laugh. “You want to try to compete with a guy like that; he’s a world-class player … . Anytime you can go neck-and-neck with a guy like that, it’s an honour.”
Tristan Jarry made 25 saves for his seventh shutout of the season, setting a new single-season franchise record for clean sheets.
“When we needed a key save – they had a couple two-on-ones and a breakaway – I thought Tristan was solid. It’s tough for a goaltender to stay focussed, so you’ve got to give him a lot of credit.”
The Oil Kings will be back in action Wednesday when they travel to Red Deer for a rematch with the Red Deer Rebels.