(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – It took a late rally and a little bit of extra time, but the Edmonton Oil Kings completed a late comeback Thursday night in Lethbridge.
Brett Pollock scored on the power play with 1:38 remaining to force overtime and Edgars Kulda scored on a delayed penalty 2:09 into the extra frame as the Oil Kings (28-28-4-2) erased a 2-0 third period deficit to score a 3-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
“Our stats guy Steve Bluett was in town, and we had some stats in the second period that weren’t overly favourable for us. We said if we’re able to flip those stats over in the third period and work them in the other direction, we’ll at least be able to give ourselves a chance,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton.
“We did some decent things tonight: we got a lot of volume on net. It’s tough when you go down a path you’ve seen before, and we challenged ourselves to get a different result.”
One night after his PP couldn’t find a late equalizer against the Red Deer Rebels in a 2-1 loss, Hamilton’s squad got the job done as Patrick Dea wired a lead pass to Pollock and the Dallas Stars second rounder buried a slap shot over the glove on Lethbridge goaltender Stuart Skinner.
“I’d rather have a timely power play that scores the big goal,” Hamilton said. “We’ve got to fight tooth and nail for our offence, and we weren’t sharp early, but we did get a timely goal from Brett on the power play, tied it up and gave us a chance for two points.
“We got a couple of real nice goals from Brandon and Brett and then a nice finish from Eddie in overtime.”
The Hurricanes got on the board early as Giorgio Estephan completed a nifty give-and-go with Tyler Wong to put the home side up 1-0 just 2:30 into the game.
Ryan Vandervlis made it 2-0 for the ‘Canes midway through the second period as Ryley Lindgren centred and Vandervlis beat Dea through the five-hole.
It took 51:41 for the Oil Kings to find any offence, despite outshooting Lethbridge 30-10 through two periods and 48-21 on the game. Brandon Ralph entered the zone on the left wing and fired a snap shot off the half wall that beat Skinner just under the bar to cut the lead to 2-1.
From there, Pollock scored the late equalizer and Kulda notched the game winner off a drop pass from Lane Bauer, sniping a wrist shot over Skinner’s glove in overtime.
Dea finished with 19 saves for his eighth win of the season, while Skinner stopped 45 in a losing effort for the Hurricanes.
The Oil Kings will be back in action Sunday afternoon as they take on the Prince Albert Raiders at 4 p.m. at Rexall Place. It will be the final Family Fun SUNday of the season, with a kids’ carnival and post-game full-team autograph session.