Oil Kings Break Out Over Brandon
(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – In their last game, a bad second period killed the Edmonton Oil Kings. Monday afternoon at Rexall Place, the Oil Kings owned the middle frame en route to a 5-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Mads Eller had three points as the Oil Kings (4-3-0-0) offence broke out with a three-goal second period against the visiting Wheaties (6-2-1-0), snapping a three-game losing streak on home ice.
“It was a good second period, that was the difference in the game for us,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “We finally started to make things happen for ourselves, and it was good. We needed that.”
The trio of Eller (one goal, two assists), Edgars Kulda (one goal, one assist) and Lane Bauer (one assist) combined for two goals and four assists on the night, with Eller and Bauer finishing plus-3 and Kulda plus-2.
“It’s a little bit of everything. We all have different skills that contribute to that line, and it all just goes together and really works for us,” Eller said of the team’s “Import Line” featuring a Dane, a Latvian and an American.
Cole Benson added a pair of goals, one shorthanded in the second period and another into the empty net to seal the victory, posting the second multi-goal game of his career.
“I’m looking to be more of a leader this year, and I’m looking to produce more, as well. I’m happy having the points I have right now, but I just want to be able to help the team win every game. If I’m able to help by battling hard and winning faceoffs, too, that’s going to be good,” said Benson while wearing the Oil Kings’ “Sons of Anarchy” themed leather vest awarded by the trainers to the unsung hero of the game.
“I’m really glad we finally won. I’m really glad I got to wear (the vest), too.”
Benson is now tied with Ben Carroll – who extended his scoring streak to six games – for the team scoring lead with six points.
Andrew Koep also scored for Edmonton, while the Oil Kings got 26 saves from Tristan Jarry for his third win of the season.
Eric Roy and Rihards Bukarts scored for the Wheat Kings, with both tallying on the power-play in the third period.
The Oil Kings are back in action Wednesday night, when they wrap up this five-game home stand against the Victoria Royals.
NOTES: Ashton Sautner played his 200th career WHL game Monday. … Monday’s 50/50 jackpot of $3,426 went unclaimed. The winner has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to present ticket 112925C at the Oil Kings head office at 11230 110 St. to claim the prize.