It was Pink at the Rink today for the Edmonton Oil Kings and the fans were sent home tickled pink as they were treated to a 6-2 win over the visiting Kootenay Ice.
The Oil Kings didn’t get the start they were looking for this afternoon falling behind 2-0 early, but persistence and sticking to the game plan paid off as six different players scored goals; four of them on special teams; and Patrick Dea made 25 saves for the win.
“We couldn’t allow that game to get further away from us,” said Head Coach Steve Hamilton. “We were chasing it in the first period and then I thought we came out and capitalized on those opportunities in the second and got a little momentum from it.”
Kootenay scored twice on the man advantage 1:41 apart in the first quieting the crowd of 7,789, but the Oil Kings would score three in the next two periods.
Colton Kehler got Edmonton on the board when he scored his 10th of the season five minutes into the middle frame. Dario Meyer evened things up at two just over a minute later and captain Brandon Baddock scored what would be the game-winner with 14 seconds remaining in the second.
Kole Gable kept the scoring onslaught going in the beginning of the third and Lane Bauer and Brett Pollock added to the frenzy. Bauer’s team-leading 23rd came on the PP and Pollock’s 19th came shorthanded.
“It was good for us to get going a little bit,” said Pollock. “None of us were happy with the first period and the effort we had so we needed to change things and Kehler did a great job to get the boys rolling.”
Special teams was the difference maker today as Edmonton went 3/6 on the powerplay and scored their sixth shorthanded goal of the season. Pollock attributed their success to getting more shots on net while on the man advantage.
“We were really moving the puck around good,” he said. “Shooting it (more). Throughout the year we’ve been reluctant to shoot the puck and today we did that and kept it simple.”
Bauer added that the powerplay execution was much better today than in previous games.
“I think our breakout had struggled, but we executed well and got a lot more shots on net than we normally do so that was good.”
Besides the battle on the ice there was an even bigger battle off the ice as the Oil Kings decked out in pink joined forces with Sorrentino’s Compassion House in the fight against cancer. The game-worn jerseys and some pink sticks were auctioned off after the game with the proceeds going to Sorrentino’s Compassion House.
The Oil Kings will head west for a four game road swing starting with a rematch against the Ice in Kootenay Tuesday at 7pm. You can catch that game and all the others on TSN 1260.