Kelowna, BC – The Edmonton Oil Kings offense kicked into high gear as they notched five unanswered goals in the second period en route to a 6-3 win over the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday night. Tyler Maxwell would lead the way for the Oil Kings with a pair of goals while Oilers draft pick Martin Gernat had three assists.
Edmonton fell behind 2-0 late in the first period as the Rockets Zach Franko was able to convert a penalty shot to open the scoring. Franko would then tally 30 seconds later on a power play.
But Maxwell started the Kings on their way back in the second as he tipped home a point shot from Oilers draft pick Marty Gernat to make it a 2-1 game. Seven minutes later Dylan Wruck tee’d one up for the California native as Maxwell slammed home a one timer on the power play for his 34th of the season.
Minutes later on a subsequent power play; Oil Kings leading scorer Michael St.Croix would dig up a rebound to tally his team leading 37th goal of the year. St.Croix finished the night with a goal and an assist for 89 points on the year as he moved to sixth in the WHL scoring race. St.Croix remains one goal from the Oil Kings modern franchise record of 38.
A minute and five seconds later, again on the power play, Rhett Rachinski was the recipiant of a nice feed from St.Croix for his 23rd goal of the season and seventh in his last six games. Finally, Keegan Lowe would put a cap on the five goal outburst as he took an odd bounce and wound up a point shot that beat Kelowna goaltender Adam Brown chasing him from his net.
Henrik Samuelsson would then tally his sixth of the season on the power play to extend the lead to 6-2 in the third. The Rockets Franko would score again for his hat trick but the Oil Kings would close the rest of the game out for the 6-3 win.
The Oil Kings power play was firing on all cylinders as they finished the night 4 for 5 with the man advantage and outshooting the Rockets 44-28. The Oil Kings penalty kill held the Rockets to 2 for 7 on the night while Oil Kings goaltender Laurent Brossoit made 25 saves for his 33rd win of the year.
The victory comes on the heels of last night’s loss to the WHL leading Kamloops Blazers. Edmonton has not lost consecutive games since November of 2011. The Kings remain alone atop the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 38-13-3-4 for 83 points as they roll on in this B.C. road trip.
Edmonton will finally wrap up this six game road trip on Friday in Vancouver as they take on Oilers draft pick David Musil and the Giants. Follow along on twitter @edmoilkings and online at oilkings.ca to keep up with YOUR team on the road. All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca
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