March 2, 2014, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – With one shot, Cody Corbett broke two Edmonton Oil Kings records Sunday and provided all the offence Edmonton needed.
The 20-year-old blueliner notched his 16th goal and 56th point of the season on the power play just 56 seconds into Sunday’s game against the Saskatoon Blades at Rexall Place, setting new franchise records for goals and points in a season for a defenceman en route to a 3-0 Oil Kings win.
“It’s a weight off my shoulders, that’s for sure. I really tried not to focus on it since I got the 15th, but it was always in the back of my mind,” said Corbett, who hadn’t scored since he tied the record 17 games ago on Jan. 22 against Regina.
“I have to thank the guys, too, they made a great play, great screen in front of the net.”
Edmonton (45-16-2-1) retook first place in the WHL Eastern Conference with the win, tying Calgary with 93 points and a game in hand. The Oil Kings also secured home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with the win.
“At the end of the day, it was a good two points for us, a good bounce back game for us after last night,” said Oil Kings head coach.
Mitch Moroz and Riley Kieser also scored for Edmonton as the Oil Kings snapped a two game losing streak. Tyler Santos made 20 saves for his third shutout in just 11 games this season.
“I thought I stayed calm and made the saves I needed to and keep things under control for our team,” Santos said.
“We came out really hard, we did everything we needed to do, and I can’t speak higher of the guys tonight.”
Things were testy throughout the game as the two teams combined for 128 penalty minutes and six fights, including four of them in the final two minutes. Edmonton finished 1-8 with the man advantage, while Saskatoon was 0-5.
“They’re trying to play with some pride there,” Moroz said. “It’s good to see that they’re still playing with some passion, but I like the way our guys responded, for sure.”
Troy Trombley made 38 saves for the Blades as they were outshot 41-20 by Edmonton.
The Oil Kings will be back in action Tuesday as they begin a four-game East Division road trip in Swift Current.