Kulda scores twice as Oil Kings down Pats

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March 5, 2014 (ISN) – Edgars Kulda scored a pair and the Edmonton Oil Kings regained top spot in the WHL Eastern Conference with a 5-2 win Wednesday night over the Regina Pats.

Edmonton (46-17-2-1) kept pace in a furious first period then pulled away in the second and third as Tristan Jarry made 21 saves for the win. Coupled with a Calgary loss, the Oil Kings are now back on top of the Eastern Conference, tied with the Hitmen with 95 points, but holding the tiebreaker and a game in hand.

Regina opened the scoring just 4:10 into the game as Dryden Hunt struck with a power play goal.

It didn’t take long for the Oil Kings to respond, however, as Brett Pollock sniped the top corner just 12 second later to tie the game. Riley Kieser put the Oil Kings in front shortly thereafter with a shot from the slot.

Hunt struck again for the Pats before the period was over, tying it back up 2-2.

The Oil Kings dominated the next two periods, however, as Kulda scored one in each the second and the third as the Oil Kings outshot Regina 29-13 in the final two periods and 38-23.

Curtis Lazar added an empty netter for Edmonton, rounding out a three-points night. Ashton Sautner had a pair of assists for the Oil Kings.

The Oil Kings will be back in action Friday when they visit the Brandon Wheat Kings.

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