(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Edmonton Oil Kings broke out of their scoring slump in a big way.
Edmonton (26-26-4-2) downed the Prince George Cougars (23-32-2-2) 5-1 Monday afternoon in front of 8,263 at Rexall Place for Family Day, equalling in one game what they scored on their entire four-game B.C. road trip
“We needed a bounce-back game tonight. We did exactly what we wanted to: we pushed the pace, we had a big crowd tonight and got them into it and never looked back,” said Oil Kings captain Ashton Sautner. “We were able to jump-start our offence, and it was good to see.”
Edmonton hit the five-goal mark for just the seventh time this season, adjusting on offence to try to generate more time and space to work with the puck.
“What I really liked was our offence that was created below the goal line,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “We moved our third forward down into the quiet area to try to find some quiet space, and we actually had a couple opportunities off of that.”
“One thing we keyed on was putting random pucks on the net, shooting random,” added Cole Benson.
The plan worked as Edmonton scored twice in the first 12 minutes and added a trio of goals in the third period to finish off the Cougars.
Benson had two goals for Edmonton, while Andrew Koep, Lane Bauer and Brandon Baddock also scored. Benson, Baddock, Koep, Bauer and Dysin Mayo all finished with two points for Edmonton.
“That’s got to be our M.O. We can’t rely on any one guy to fill the net, so to get those contributions, I think it’s good for everyone to see,” Hamilton said.
Tristan Jarry made 30 saves en route to his 89th career win, making him the winningest goaltender in franchise history one game after he set a franchise record for most career games played.
Jansen Harkins had the lone goal for Prince George, while Cougars goaltender Ty Edmonds made 38 saves in a losing effort.
The win puts the Oil Kings into a tie for the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with the idle Kootenay Ice. Both teams sit at 58 points on the season, though Kootenay holds the spot by virtue of a game in hand and two more wins.
The Oil Kings and Ice will meet for the final time this season Friday night in Cranbrook before Edmonton returns home Sunday for Pink at the Rink, presented by Goodlife Fitness.