Oil Kings Jump on Royals
(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Edmonton Oil Kings finally got the start, and the game, that they were looking for.
Brett Pollock scored twice in the first 11 minutes, and Edgars Kulda added a shorthanded marker as the Oil Kings won their second in a row Wednesday night with a 3-2 victory over the Victoria Royals at Rexall Place.
“Especially at home we want to outwork every team that comes in here and make them take the two points from us,” Pollock said. “I think from the puck drop, the whole 60 minutes we did that tonight.”
Pollock opened the scoring just 1:04 into the game as Tyler Robertson drove wide and fed him in the slot, where Pollock redirected the puck past Royals starter Evan Smith.
Pollock struck again midway through the period set up again by Robertson and finishing a pretty passing play where all four Oil Kings on the ice touched the puck with a one-timed blast past Smith.
“We’re clicking now,” Pollock said. “We’re starting to find each other, and that’s what we need.
“You want someone who can get you the puck and set you up, and you want someone who can get open as well, and Tyler does a great job of that.”
Kulda rounded out the scoring with his second goal in as many games, stripping Travis Brown of the puck at the blue line and going in alone for the score.
“We upped the aggression level on our penalty kill tonight,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “Tonight, I thought we got after it and forced their hand a little more. We had not only the shorthanded goal, but a couple other chances simply because we upped the pressure level.”
Kulda and Pollock are the Oil Kings’ two highest returning goal scorers from last season. Pollock now has four goals on the year while Kulda has two.
“We may not be the highest scoring team, but when those guys are able to put the puck in the net, we’re able to win games,” said Oil Kings forward Cole Benson.
Tristan Jarry made 20 saves to pick up his fourth win of the season, while Ben Carroll’s assist on the second Edmonton goal extended his point streak to seven games.
Austin Carroll and Joe Hicketts had the goals for Victoria, while Smith made 27 saves in a losing effort.
The Oil Kings now head on the road for a two-game stint in Saskatchewan, taking on the Prince Albert Raiders Friday and Saskatoon Blades Saturday.