(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Edmonton Oil Kings couldn’t have asked any more from Tristan Jarry Saturday night in Medicine Hat.
Jarry made 49 saves, stealing a point for the Oil Kings (14-10-3-2) in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers (19-6-1-1).
“He was so calm and composed in some pretty trying situations. He gave us a chance to sneak out a point tonight,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “He needed to be involved in the game for 60 straight minutes. He didn’t have a lot of rest time.”
With the Oil Kings dressing just 17 skaters, two of them 16-year-old affiliate call-ups Jordan Dawson and Kyle Yewchuk on the blueline, due to injuries to seven regulars, the division-leading Tigers took the play to Edmonton. But Medicine Hat was stonewalled by the 19-year-old netminder, who stopped four more shots than he did in the triple-overtime Memorial Cup semifinal against Val d’Or last spring.
“We said it wasn’t going to be easy. We just wanted to give ourselves a chance,” Hamilton said. “A couple of breakdowns on some goals, but that’s a good team. We knew we’d have our hands full with our lineup stretched pretty thin, and some guys gave us some hard, quality minutes tonight.
“A point on the road in a tough barn in Medicine Hat, we’ll take it. When it gets to overtime, you take the point. It’s not as easy place to get anything in.”
Jarry’s effort was one stop shy of the modern franchise record of 50 saves, set on Nov. 23, 2007 by Alex Archibald in the Oil Kings’ inaugural season.
“We obviously had a very, very young back end tonight, and there were some extended periods of in zone play. That can be tough on a goalie, your legs are burning as you’re tracking the puck,” Hamilton said.
Medicine Hat directed the first 13 shots of the game on target before Ashton Sautner got the first of the night for Edmonton almost 12 minutes into the game. Sautner’s shot bounced to Andrew Koep, who put the rebound past Marek Langhamer for a 1-0 Edmonton lead.
The Oil Kings stretched that lead to 2-0 before the end of the period as Mads Eller converted a rebound chance on the power play.
It took the Tigers 29 shots to solve Jarry, who was coming off a 35-save shutout Friday night against Vancouver, but Tommy Vannelli finally did, beating the Oil Kings goalie with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle. 29 seconds later, Tyler Lewington scored on a four-on-two chance to tie the game for the Tigers.
Jarry made 20 more saves to force overtime, holding the fort at Medicine Hat outshot the Oil Kings 19-4 in the third period, but Matt Bradley finally ended the game for the Tigers, banging his own rebound past Jarry’s pad.
Sautner finished with a pair of assists for Edmonton, extending his point streak to 10 games. Andrew Koep also continued his point streak and has found the score sheet in four straight.
Marek Langhamer made 19 saves for the Tigers.
Edmonton now has points in each of their past three games (2-0-1-0) as they get a week off before heading to Calgary Friday to take on the Hitmen.