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(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – Pink seems to suit the Edmonton Oil Kings.

The Oil Kings (27-27-4-2) put on a dominant performance in a 5-1 win over the division-leading Medicine Hat Tigers (37-20-1-2) in their third Pink at the Rink game Sunday afternoon at Rexall Place, sending 10,691 fans in attendance home happy and raising over $45,000 for three local cancer charities.

“That was an important win for us in a lot of ways,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “I think the theme of the game touched a lot of guys and has had an impact on a lot of guys in the room, and I think there was a real emotional element in our game.”

The Oil Kings offence came alive for the second home game in a row, as Brett Pollock and Edgars Kulda tallied 1:24 apart in the final minutes of the first period, giving Edmonton a lead they would never relinquish.

“It’s a big two points for us. We kind of let two slip away last game against Kootenay, and we thought we had a great effort then,” Pollock said. “We wanted to match that, come in, and hope for a better outcome, and we got the two points today.”

Tristan Jarry made 30 saves for the Oil Kings, becoming the modern franchise leader in career saves and picking up his 20th win of the season. He also picked up his first assist on the year with a long lead pass that led to Luke Bertolucci’s third Edmonton goal.

“What doesn’t he do?” laughed Pollock. “All the records he has, all the saves he makes and playing the puck back there … it lifts everybody up.”

Brandon Baddock and Dysin Mayo also scored for Edmonton, with Mayo finishing with a goal and an assist. Kulda and Davis Koch (two assists) also had multi-point nights for Edmonton.

“I like to think we’re doing some positive things and being rewarded for how hard we’re playing,” Hamilton said.

“We gave ourselves a little bit of breathing room, and I like that we didn’t give it back at any point in the game.”

Matt Bradley broke Jarry’s shutout bid with a power-play goal with 1:38 left on the clock for the lone Medicine Hat tally. Marek Langhamer made 26 saves on 31 shots in goal for the Tigers.

Between the auctioning of the Oil Kings’ game-worn jerseys, game-used pink sticks and the proceeds from the 50/50, over $45,000 was raised for Pink at the Rink, with the net proceeds going to Sorrentino’s Compassion House, the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The total is a record number for the #OilKings, far surpassing last year’s total of $32,765.

Edmonton now sits four points behind Kootenay for the first wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference and seven points ahead of Moose Jaw in the second wildcard spot. All three teams have 12 games remaining on their schedules.

The Oil Kings will be back in action Wednesday night when they host the Red Deer Rebels at 7 p.m. at Rexall Place.