Sept 1,2014(ISN) – ST. ALBERT, ALTA. – There’s been no shortage of drama this preseason for the
Edmonton Oil Kings.
One night after a last-minute comeback win, the Oil Kings again had fans on the edge
of their seats with a 3-2 overtime nail-biter against the Saskatoon Blades. The win
wrapped up the 8th Annual Oil Kings Preseason Invitational Presented by Toyota and
the 2014 Toyota Tundra, leaving Edmonton as the only unbeaten team of the six
“It’s always important to play intense games, and I thought we came here with a
purpose,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton.
“There’s nights you feel like a race horse and there’s nights you feel like a plow
horse, and we were plowing along tonight.”
Outshot 45-27 by Saskatoon, stellar goaltending kept the Oil Kings in the game as
the duo of Patrick Dea and Tyler Santos were rock-solid in the win. Dea stopped all
14 shots he faced in the first half, while Santos stared down 31 pucks, stopping 29,
including numerous highlight-reel saves.
“I was really impressed with both goaltenders,” said Hamilton. “Patrick was very
settled. He was composed in there and gave us the start we needed, then Tyler came
in under a lot of pressure and duress, and I thought he was unbelievable.”
“(Santos) was good all the way through. It’s probably not easy for a goalie coming
in halfway through, but he stood on his head for us,” added Andrew Koep, who had two
assists for the Oil Kings and has four points through two preseason games.
Edmonton jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Tyson Gruninger in the first and
Mitchell Walter early in the third. However, in the second half of the third period,
the Blades poured on the pressure and finally cracked Santos with a pair of goals by
In overtime, it was Tyler Robertson who scored the winner, redirecting a pass from
Koep into the Saskatoon net for his third goal in two games.
“It’s not always going to be easy and sometimes those are the games you’ve got to
battle through it and make the saves your team needs,” Santos said. “It’s awesome
when the guys come through for you like that. They definitely made that overtime
period easy for me.”
Troy Trombley made 24 saves in a losing effort for Saskatoon.
The Oil Kings will see action next weekend with a Friday-Saturday doubleheader in
Prince George against the Cougars.