EDMONTON, ALTA. – Patrick Dea made a career-high 43 saves and the Oil Kings scored three times in 2:58 on the power play on the way to a hard-fought 4-3 shootout win in Brandon Saturday night.
Locked in a 3-3 tie, Dea was perfect on 14 shots in the third period, made six more stops in overtime and didn’t allow a goal to three shooters as the Oil Kings (3-2-1-0) picked up the road win against the defending Eastern Conference champion Wheat Kings (4-1-0-2)
“Patty was up to the challenge. He was poised and confident in the net,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton.
Colton Kehler led off the shootout with the contest’s only goal deking Brandon goalie Jordan Papirny to the ice before roofing one over his glove hand. It was Edmonton’s third win in a row, their third straight overtime game and their second consecutive shootout win.
It was Edmonton’s special teams that made the difference in the first 65 minutes as they held Brandon off the scoresheet on seven chances while scoring three power-play goals in a row in the second period to finish 3-7.
“Our penalty kill gave us a chance to keep it tight, especially with their 2-0 lead,” Hamilton said. “Our power play won scrambles around the net and found a way to keep the puck alive when they had to.”
Brandon grabbed a 2-0 lead late in the second period as Tanner Kaspick and Duncan Campbell scored 25 seconds apart.
Edmonton responded early in the second, however, as Reid Duke and Jayce Hawryluk gave Edmonton their first power plays of the game. Aaron Irving blasted a point shot that Papirny couldn’t handle to get Edmonton on the board on the five-on-three chance, then Lane Bauer whacked in his sixth of the season on a rebound 27 seconds later to tie the game up.
“We found a way to hang around. The pace of the Wheat Kings is a challenge to match, but our guys dug in during the 2nd period so things wouldn’t get away from us,” Hamilton said.
Just 2:31 later, Luke Bertolucci banged in a rebound on another power-play chance to put the Oil Kings up 3-2, but Macoy Erkamps evened the game up for Brandon to set the stage for overtime.
Brett Pollock had a pair of assists for Edmonton, while Dysin Mayo picked up a helper to give him points in three straight.
Papirny made 17 saves in the crease for Brandon, who outshot Edmonton 46-20.
The Oil Kings will finish off their three-in-three weekend Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Regina.