(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – For the second game in a row, the Edmonton Oil Kings stymied a tough opponent.
The Oil Kings (24-21-4-2) clogged things up for two periods Friday night in Red Deer before exploding for four goals in the third for a 4-0 victory over the Red Deer Rebels (27-15-3-4).
“It wasn’t a super high energy game. It was kind of very strategic game, I think,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “Neither team really wanted to back off the game plan, and there wasn’t many premium scoring chances from both sides.”
Tristan Jarry made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season, while the Oil Kings killed off six Red Deer power plays through the first 40 minutes to keep the game scoreless.
“Every penalty we took tonight was because we weren’t moving our feet,” Hamilton said. “Great job by the penalty kill to come out and keep us level.”
“We wanted to defend with numbers back and make that a priority to let Jarry take the shot. We wanted to pick up trailers, we wanted to pick up loose bodies. Jars does a great job of not allowing second or third chances.”
The Oil Kings came on in the third period, however, outshooting Red Deer 19-6 in the final 20 minutes-and 37-20 over the course of the game. Andrew Koep finally broke the scoring drought 4:49 into the third period as his long shot through traffic beat Red Deer netminder Rylan Toth to put the Oil Kings on the board. It was Koep’s first game back in the lineup since suffering an upper-body injury Jan. 2 against Lethbridge.
“We wanted to stay patient in our approach and wanted to continue to get better throughout the game, and everyone recognized we had a little bit more to give,” Hamilton said. “We broke it down into a short-term goal of trying to win that third period.”
Brett Pollock made it 2-0 with his first of the game midway through the final frame as his shot deflected off a Rebel’s stick and over Toth’s shoulder. Pollock made it 3-0 minutes later as he dipsy-doodled around Nelson Nogier and roofed a shot in tight on Toth.
Ashton Sautner rounded out the scoring for Edmonton with a power-play goal with 2:28 remaining, his 11th of the season.
Lane Bauer finished with three assists for the Oil Kings, while Dysin Mayo picked up a pair of helpers. Marshall Donald notched his first assist with the Oil Kings on Koep’s goal.
Edmonton will be back in action Saturday afternoon as they visit the Calgary Hitmen with an early 2 p.m. puck drop.