Captain Kehler Leads Oil Kings to 4-1 Win Against Blazers
The Edmonton Oil Kings headed back out on the road as they travelled to Kamloops for an early matinee matchup against the Blazers on British Columbia’s Family Day where they picked up two points in the 4-1 victory.
Kamloops opened the scoring on Monday afternoon as left-winger Jackson Shepard picked up his seventh of the season just under two minutes into the first frame. It was all Edmonton to start the second period as captain Colton Kehler’s shot beat Blazers netminder Dylan Ferguson to put the Oil Kings on the board and tie the game. Just 22 seconds later, Oil Kings Brendan Semchuk would net his 12th goal of the season to put Edmonton ahead 2-1. Kehler’s success on the powerplay continued on Monday afternoon as he picked up his 11th powerplay goal of the season midway through the period to give the Oil Kings a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.
In the third, the Oil Kings would maintain their two-goal lead for most of the period. Ethan Cap would add an empty netter late in the third to secure the victory, kicking off the road trip out West with a win.
OIL KINGS 4 @ 1 BLAZERS
SOG: Oil Kings 23 Blazers 30
PP: Oil Kings 1/1 Blazers 0/3
PK: Oil Kings 3/3 Blazers 0/1
Colton Kehler (25 & 26)
Brendan Semchuk (12)
Ethan Cap (4)
Josh Dechaine (8-7-2-2) 29/30
Oil Kings captain Colton Kehler gave his team a two-goal lead midway through the second period on the powerplay to make it 3-1.
PLAY OF THE GAME:
Brendan Semchuk picked up his 12th goal of the season on Monday afternoon in Kamloops at 1:42 of the second period. The goal, scored just 22 seconds after Kehler’s game-tying goal gave the Oil Kings their first lead of the afternoon.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Captain Kehler has been a consistent leader for Edmonton up front this season. With a pair of goals on Monday against the Blazers, Kehler improved to 26 goals on the season. Kehler’s second goal of the night, scored on the powerplay would mark his 11th powerplay goal of the season.
UNSUNG HERO OF THE GAME:
Oil Kings netminder Josh Dechaine put on another great performance in net on Monday against Kamloops. In the game, Dechaine stopped 29 of 30 shots on goal picking up his eighth win of the season.
3 STARS (as chosen by Kamloops media):
- Josh Dechaine
- Colton Kehler
- Conner McDonald
EOK @ VIC
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 8:00 PM MT
Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena