Oil Kings Win on Late Pair from Pollock

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(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – Brett Pollock had a little late game magic for the Edmonton Oil Kings Wednesday night.

Pollock tied the game with 1:37 left in regulation and notched the winner with 46 seconds left in overtime as the Oil Kings (12-8-1-2) came back to defeat the Moose Jaw Warriors 3-2 in Moose Jaw.

“Brett was our best player tonight,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “He was really asserting himself and took control of the game. A well-deserved outcome for a great effort.”

Pollock extended his point streak to five games, with three goals and six assists in that span as he recorded his fourth two-point game in that span. The line of Pollock, Andrew Koep and Lane Bauer contributed all three goals Wednesday as Bauer set up Dysin Mayo for Edmonton’s first tally of the game.

“They’re a puck-possession line for us. All three of them have good patience with the puck, and they seem to have found some chemistry together,” Hamilton said. “They’re a line that wants the puck and going to the next level tonight when they don’t have it.”

The Oil Kings now have points in each of their last four games, going 3-0-1-0 over that span.

“We’re showing signs of growth. We really needed to emphasize tonight the importance of our defensive zone, and that was much better,” Hamilton explained. “We were much more committed in that area. We’re trying to chip away at the areas of our game we need to address and I credit the guys for being able to examine their own game.”

Moose Jaw opened the scoring as Brayden Point tucked a backhand wraparound into the Oil Kings net as an Edmonton penalty was expiring 4:36 into the first period.

Mayo tied the game for Edmonton midway through the second as Bauer chipped a loose puck to Mayo and the Oil Kings defenceman ripped it past Moose Jaw netminder Justin Paulic. The goal extended Mayo’s point streak to four games (three goals, four assists).

Point struck again for Moose Jaw early in the third period as he pounced on a loose rebound at the side of the net and snapped it past Oil Kings goalie Tristan Jarry on the power play.

Pollock finished off the rest of the scoring as he beat Warriors defenceman Tyler Brown with a nifty move before putting a backhand past Paulic for the game tying marker, then stripped a Warriors defenceman at the blueline and burst in alone for another backhand goal on the game winner.

Jarry finished with 30 saves in the win, while Paulic had 35 in a losing effort for Moose Jaw. Ashton Sautner extended his point streak to four games with an assist on Pollock’s first goal.

The Oil Kings will be back in action Friday as they take on the Brandon Wheat Kings in the first game of a back-to-back series in Brandon.

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