Special Teams Push Oil Kings Past Hitmen

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(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Edmonton Oil Kings’ special teams made the difference Wednesday night in Calgary.

The Oil Kings (16-14-3-2) went 2-5 with the man advantage and were perfect on six penalty kills as they downed the Calgary Hitmen (19-12-1-2) 3-1 to snap a three-game losing streak heading into the Christmas break.

Edmonton faced five power plays in the first period, but killed them all off before receiving four of their own in the second period.

Dysin Mayo and Lane Bauer scored second-period power-play goals as the Oil Kings erased a 1-0 Calgary lead in the middle frame, then hung on behind 31 saves from Patrick Dea.converting on two of them to make the difference.

Layne Bensmiller opened the scoring for Calgary with 1:03 left in the first period, redirecting a point shot from the high slot to beat Dea.

The Oil Kings responded in the second, however, and Brandon Baddock iced it with an empty net goal in the third.

Mayo finished with a goal and an assist on the night, while Ben Carroll picked up a pair of helpers.

The Oil Kings will now have 10 days off for the holiday break before returning to action Dec. 27 at home against the Red Deer Rebels.