The Edmonton Oil Kings headed back on the road after a short one-game homestand to take on the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night. The Oil Kings were looking to build on the offensive momentum from their previous 6-4 win over the Regina Pats, and did just that with a solid 5-1 victory over a strong Raiders squad.
Edmonton (10-14-3-0) went to work midway through the 1st period when Lane Bauer & Dario Meyer scored back-to-back tallies just 15 seconds apart at 11:32 & 11:47 of the opening frame to give the Oil Kings an early 2-0 lead.
The Oil Kings managed to keep the offence coming in the 2nd when Brandon Baddock made it 3-1 on the power play just 0:41 into the middle frame. Prince Albert (15-7-2-1) managed to get on the board just minutes later with a tally from Matteo Gennaro, but that would be the end the Raiders offence as they were unable to solve Oil Kings goaltender Payton Lee again.
Edmonton tacked on two more courtesy of Aaron Irving on the power play at the end of the 2nd & Bauer who potted his second of the night in the 3rd period en route to the dominant 5-1 victory.
Both Bauer (2G) & Meyer (1G, 1A) put up two-point nights, and Lee was very solid for the Oil Kings, turning aside 25 of 26 shots faced. Ian Scott took the loss for the Raiders in net, giving up three goals on 14 shots. Rylan Parenteau would replace Scott and turn aside 19 of 21 shots sent his way, including shutting the door on a Kole Gable penalty shot late in the 3rd. Bauer’s second two-goal night in as many games sees his point total rise to 31 (16G, 15A) on the season, good enough to put him in a four-way tie for 11th in league scoring.
Next up for the Oil Kings is a stop in Saskatoon to take on the Blades (10-11-3-0) on Saturday night at 6pm MT.