Aug 31,2014(ISN) – ST. ALBERT, ALTA. – Edgars Kulda’s game winning goal Saturday night was officially
unassisted, but a two members of the Oil Kings could have chalked up a helper on the
Kulda picked up a loose puck at the attacking blue line and fired a slap shot past
Travis Child as the Oil Kings erased a two-goal deficit with three goals in the
final five minutes to post a 5-4 victory over the Swift Current Broncos in their
preseason opener Saturday night at the 8th Annual Oil Kings Preseason Invitational
presented by Toyota and the 2014 Toyota Tundra.
Kulda was only on the ice thanks to the quick work of head equipment manager Rogan
Dean (assist number one) after blocking a slap shot in the third period that broke
his skate. Dean grabbed the skates of defenceman Ashton Sautner (assist number two)
– who didn’t dress for the game — out of the dressing room, allowing Kulda to lace
up and get back in the play.
“He got me out there for the game-winning goal,” Kulda said. “I had to play the rest
of the game with Ashton Sautner’s skates.”
Swift Current jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Kulda got the Oil Kings on the board
early in the second period with a top-shelf goal. The Broncos expanded the lead to
3-1 on a goal by Dakota Odgers before Tyler Robertson tipped a Blake Orban point
shot to cut the lead to 3-2 heading into the third period.
Andreas Schumacher restored the two-goal lead with his second of the game three
minutes into the third, and the Broncos looked on their way to an opening game
victory before Robertson ripped a wrist shot off the crossbar and in with 4:38 to
play for his second of the night.
“I was trying to get more confidence in my game, and I think that helps,” Robertson
said. “When you’re confident, then you get more opportunities and you try to put
yourself in those opportunities to score.”
With 1:35 left in the game, Edmonton called a timeout and pulled goaltender Tyler
Santos to the bench, and Lane Bauer won a faceoff to Ben Carroll, who blasted home
the tying goal, setting the stage for Kulda’s game winner.
“‘Win the draw, everybody go to the net except Robbie.’ Those might have been the
exact words,” laughed Hamilton. “That’s not an Xs and Os thing; it’s good fortune.”
Overall, the game served as a good starting point for the season, Hamilton said,
adding that there was plenty to build off of heading into Sunday’s tilt with the
“Resilience was nice to see more than anything,” he said. “The guys just found a way
to keep going forward.
“We need to manage the puck a little bit differently than we did tonight, but all in
all, I liked our habits. I think we were trying to do the right thing. Execution is
always going to be a work in progress, but I took a lot of positives out of
Tristan Jarry allowed two goals on 12 shots in the first half of the game in the Oil
Kings net, while Santos stopped 20 of 22 pucks faced. Child made 36 saves for Swift
The Oil Kings Invitational continues all day Sunday at Servus Place with Prince
George facing Medicine Hat at 11:30 a.m., Swift Current squaring off with Red Deer
at 3 p.m. and the Oil Kings and Blades going at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door,
and one ticket grants admission to all three games in the day.
The Oilers Store will be on hand selling Oil Kings merchandise, and fans can take a
picture with the Memorial and Ed Chynoweth Cups.