(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Edmonton Oil Kings have had the number of the Swift Current Broncos this season.
The Oil Kings (21-17-3-2) completed a sweep of the season series of the Broncos (20-19-1-4) with a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon in Swift Current. Edmonton finished 4-0-0-0 against the Broncos this season, outscoring them 17-4 in the season series.
“It’s tough to put your finger on it, but they’re a good team. They’re physical. For whatever reason, we’ve seem to find some of our better hockey against them,” Hamilton said.
“I thought we got real good contributions from everybody tonight. I thought all 12 guy up front chipped in, and that allowed us to play with better pace, and then we stayed out of the penalty box, which allowed us to get into a five-on-five rhythm.”
That rhythm was important as the Oil Kings were playing their third game in less than 48 hours on the road, but both teams played with a high pace and intensity level.
“I thought the pace of the game was good from both sides. It’s never easy to play three in there, but our guys felt like we might have left an opportunity on the table last night, and we set our aim on finishing this trip with four points,” Hamilton said. “We’re fortunate to get out of Saskatchewan with four points out of six. That’s a pretty good trip.”
Tristan Jarry made 31 saves for his 15th victory of the season, while the Oil Kings defence overcame injuries to Aaron Irving, Jake Kohlhauser and Marshall Donald to allow just one power-play goal against.
“I thought that our veteran guys really were solid as could be,” Hamilton said. “They just seemed to have great positioning, and Ashton Sautner was the best player on the ice for us tonight.”
Tyler Robertson had a goal an assist for the Oil Kings, while Brett Pollock and Ashton Sautner each had two helpers to lead the Edmonton attack.
Edmonton opened the scoring early as Sautner drove wide and fed Tyson Gruninger right in front and he tapped it past Landon Bow just 3:19 into the game. The assist was Sautner’s 100th career point, while Gruninger scored his second WHL goal-both of which have come as the first goal of the game against Swift Current.
The Oil Kings made it 2-0 later in the period as Lane Bauer won a faceoff to Pollock and then scooped up the rebound as Pollock’s shot was blocked and deposited it into the Swift Current net. The assist gave Pollock a six-game point streak.
Brandon Ralph made the score 3-0 for the Oil Kings midway through the second period as the Oil Kings forced a turnover in the Swift Current zone and Robertson fed Ralph all alone in the slot. Robertson rounded out the scoring for Edmonton as Pollock and Sautner both waited out the Swift Current defence on a nice passing play before finding him in the slot.
Max Lajoie broke Jarry’s shutout bid with 4:30 to play as his point shot on the power play found the back of the Edmonton net through a screen.
Bow finished with 37 saves on the night for the Broncos as the Oil Kings outshot Swift Current 41-32.
The win gives the Oil Kings two out of three victories on this quick road trip. The team head back to Rexall Place for a Tuesday night match-up with the East Division-leading Brandon Wheat Kings.