Oil Kings Keep Rolling
(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – Things keep rolling for the Edmonton Oil Kings.
The Oil Kings (9-3-0-1) have points in seven straight games after a 3-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors (6-7-0-1) Sunday at Rexall Place, the team’s second straight win.
“It’s a good opportunity at home. We needed to make the most of it and we did,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “I thought we did a lot of positive things both games (this weekend).”
“I think this year we’ve come out pretty strong off the beginning,” added Oil Kings goalie Tristan Jarry. “We have four constant lines that are going … and each guy is doing their part to keep us in the game. I think that’s been the key to our game lately.”
Tyler Robertson had a goal and an assist, while Jarry made 24 saves for his seventh win of the season, coming a Jack Rodewald six-on-five goal away from his first shutout of the season.
“Our goaltending was outstanding,” said Oil Kings forward Edgars Kulda. “He’s battling for every puck and he’s trying his hardest, so of course he deserves to play like that.”
The Oil Kings got on the board midway through the second period as Kulda walked out of the corner and snuck a shot from a bad angle over the shoulder of Moose Jaw goalie Zach Sawchenko for his sixth of the season.
“It just was one of those plays where you’re not even thinking about it,” Kulda said. “You just see that little (opening) and you try to hit it.”
The Oil Kings clung to that lead for nearly 30 minutes before Brett Pollock found Lane Bauer with a cross-ice feed and Bauer buried his third of the year five-hole on Sawchenko, who finished with 32 saves.
Rodewald cut the lead to 2-1 with 1:24 to play, but Robertson responded with an empty net goal to seal it for the Oil Kings.
Edmonton was bolstered by another strong night from their penalty kill, which held Moose Jaw off the score sheet in four chances. The Oil Kings have not allowed a power-play goal in three games.
“We’re buying into it, building an identity through our penalty kill. We’re finding a way to manufacture energy,” Hamilton explained. “We’ve expanded the number of guys involved in our penalty kill so it kind of is a rallying point.”
Edmonton will now depart for a two-week, seven-game road trip beginning Wednesday night in Spokane. The next Oil Kings home game will be Nov. 14 against Saskatoon.