(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – Saturday morning, Ashton Sautner told his billet mom he needed to step up his offensive game. Later that evening, he made good on it.
Sautner became the first Oil Kings defenceman in modern franchise history to record a hat trick as Edmonton (11-8-0-2) blew out the visiting Saskatoon Blades (6-14-0-0) 7-1 at Rexall Place.
“We were at breakfast and we were talking about how we were having a hard time scoring, and I said, ‘Maybe I could step up,'” said Sautner, who last recorded a hat trick as a 16-year-old in midget. “It just happened tonight was a good night.”
The goals, Sautner’s fifth, sixth and seventh of the season, were also his first of the year at Rexall Place.
“When I got the first one, I felt a little relief, too that it was finally at home,” he said with a laugh.
The Oil Kings got off to a fast start as Tyler Robertson put the squad up 1-0 just 86 seconds into the game, taking a feed in the slot from Mads Eller and wiring it past Blades netminder Trevor Martin.
“We didn’t want to talk about having a good first period, we just asked the players to envision having a good first couple shifts,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “I thought we did a good job of getting that initial push and being able to follow it up.”
From there it was all Oil Kings, as Sautner finished with three goals for his first career hat trick and his defensive partner Dysin Mayo had two goals and two assists for his first career two-goal and four-point night. Davis Koch tallied the other Edmonton goal for his first career marker in the WHL.
“Steve talked to me and Dysin tonight about shooting everything we got. He told us to make a goal that we get nine shots between the two of us, and we actually got 10, five goals, so it worked out not too bad,” Sautner said.
“It was nice to get some contributions from our defencemen. It was especially nice to see five goals between one D-pairing. That’s a pretty special night for those two,” Hamilton added.
Patrick Dea made 26 saves for his third win of the season, allowing just a single goal to Cody Millette with just 1:44 to play.
“Patrick was awesome. Really good to see a young guy come in and play the way he did,” Sautner said. “It’s really good to see a guy build confidence like that. He killed off a five-on-three – they say a goaltender has to be your best penalty killer and he was for us.”
Brett Pollock had a pair of assists, giving him two points in each of his last three games, while Eller and Luke Bertolucci also had a pair of helpers each.
Edmonton will be back in action Tuesday as they take on the Regina Pats in Regina, kicking off a four-game East Division road trip.