The losing streak is finally over!
“It’s about time,” laughed Oil Kings Alternate Captain Davis Koch. “No, but seriously this is great.”
Tyler Robertson scored 1:12 into overtime, Koch and Trey Fix-Wolansky scored in the opening period and Patrick Dea stopped 22 shots as the Edmonton Oil Kings snapped a month-long losing streak of 16 games beating the Calgary Hitmen 3-2 Sunday afternoon.
The last Oil Kings win was back on New Year’s Day…and was also against the Hitmen in overtime.
“It was a great feeling to watch that puck go in the net,” said Head Coach Steve Hamilton.
“We talked about wanting to be dialed in for the full length of this game. Of course we needed some extra time, but it only adds to the relief to watch Robbie (Tyler Robertson) get that goal. That was a pretty important goal for everybody. I think there was just a collective exhale from everyone involved.”
The Oil Kings jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead when Fix-Wolansky went in on a 1-on-2, split the Calgary D and rifled his 15th past Trevor Martin. Conner McDonald and Dea had the helpers and the Dea assist was his fifth of the season setting an Oil Kings record for most assists from a goaltender in a season.
A few minutes later Ty Gerla and Koch broke in shorthanded where Gerla dished the puck off to Koch who ripped home his team-leading 16th goal.
The Hitmen got on the board later in the first period when Beck Malenstyne crashed the net and scored. The goal was reviewed upstairs as it had appeared the net came off its moorings, but it was ruled a good goal. Just under two minutes later, while on the power play, Jake Bean fired a wrist shot that went top corner to even things at 2-2.
That was all the scoring until overtime when Robertson jumped off the bench to join Colton Kehler on a rush. Kehler set him up perfectly and the veteran blasted it past Martin sending the crowd of 13,524 to their feet and the team mobbing each other at centre ice.
“I came off the bench and there was a seam and Kehler made a really nice pass and I just had to shoot it in,” said Robertson.
“I had been struggling a little bit lately to get the puck in the net, but couldn’t be at a better time.”
The Oil Kings (19-33-3-1) will now look to make it two in a row when the Kootenay ICE (12-35-7-2) come to Rogers Place for Hockey Hooky Wednesday. Game time is 11:30 AM and tickets are available at OilKings.ca