Swift Current, SK – Tyler Maxwell notched a pair of goals while rookie goaltender Tristan Jarry put in a 20 save performance as the Oil Kings rolled to a 6-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night. Maxwell tallied the game’s opening goal for the 4th straight game just 5:15 into the first period on the power play. The Oil Kings controlled most of the play in the period and finally it was rookie Curtis Lazar who scored his 13th of the season off some great hustle on the forecheck by Stephane Legault to make it a 2-0 game going into the second period.
Maxwell was back at it in the second as he tallied his second of the night just over five minutes into the second on a wrap around. Under three minutes later and it was Captain Mark Pysyk who took a one time shot off a feed from Jordan Peddle to tally his 4th of the year to make it a 4-0 game. This would chase former Oil Kings goaltender Jon Groenheyde as he would be pulled in favor of Austin Smith. The Oil Kings were quick to welcome Smith to the game as Mitch Moroz took the puck to the front of the net and tapped in his own rebound to make it 5-0 game just 30 seconds later.
In a rough third period with plenty of extra curricular activity the Oil Kings added to their lead as Pysyk took a blast from the point on a play that was finished by newcomer Henrik Samuelsson to make it 6-0 short of the midway point of the period. Jarry, a WHL rookie held the shutout until a power play with six minutes remaining in the third still improving his record to 5-2-0-0 and made 20 saves on the night. The Oil Kings penalty kill held the Broncs to 1 for 4 on the night while the league’s second best power play went 1 for 6.
The win gives the Oil Kings a 31-11-1-4 record on the season for 65 points as they remain in sole possession of first in the WHL Eastern conference. This matches the 31 win modern franchise team record set last season. For the fifth week in a row the Oil Kings were ranked in the Canadian Hockey League Top Ten rankings, this week – ninth in the CHL.
Edmonton concludes this East division road trip tomorrow against the Prince Albert Raiders. Puck drop from the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert is 6PM MST. All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca
The Oil Kings next home game is Wednesday, January 25th as the Oil Kings play host a heavyweight tilt with one of the Western Conference’s best – the Tri City Americans. This will also be another K97 Weiner Wednesday at Rexall Place with $2 hot dogs all night long! Puck Drop is set for 7PM MST at Rexall Place.
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