Photo courtesy: Rob Wallator/Red Deer Rebels
Red Deer, AB – The Edmonton Oil Kings held off a valiant Red Deer Rebels comeback attempt to take a 3-0 series lead with a thrilling 5-4 overtime win at the Peavey Mart Centrium on Monday night.
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The Oil Kings took less than two minutes to open the scoring in enemy territory as Luke Prokop registered his second goal of the post-season. Jaxsen Wiebe was able to fend off a Red Deer defender in the offensive zone and tucked the puck back to Prokop at the blueline who took a step to his right and fired a shot through traffic, over the right-shoulder of Red Deer netminder Connor Ungar for the game’s opening goal.
The Rebels were able to equalize on a power play after Liam Keeler jammed home a rebound that was created from an Arshdeep Bains slot-shot at 9:44 of the opening period.
The Oil Kings found themselves down two-men for over a minute just a short time after the Red Deer goal but were able to kill off the opportunity for the Rebels to get to the first intermission tied 1-1.
Early in the second period, the Rebels had a glorious opportunity to take their first lead of the game after Bains found himself in on a breakaway but had his shot stopped by the right-pad of Sebastian Cossa.
At 6:32 of the second period, Dylan Guenther restored the Edmonton lead as he extended his personal goal scoring streak to seven games after he ripped a one-timer off the post and in from between the hash-marks off a pass from Carter Souch.
Souch then gave Edmonton a 3-1 lead at 15:56 of the middle stanza as on a power play, he took the puck to the right-circle and wired a no-look wrist shot from the faceoff dot over the left-shoulder of Ungar.
Before the period was out, the Rebels were able to get one back as Kalan Lind picked the top corner on a three-on-two rush into the Edmonton zone.
In the third period, Justin Sourdif gave Edmonton a 4-2 lead 7:38 in with a shorthanded goal after he stripped a Red Deer defenceman of the puck, fended off that same defender to get in alone and roof a backhand.
The Rebels began to mount their comeback with just over seven minutes left in regulation time as off an offensive zone faceoff win, Lind found Bains alone in front of the Edmonton net with a pass, and Bains was able to hook the puck around a prone Cossa.
The Oil Kings looked to have restored their two-goal lead just seconds later after Kaiden Guhle beat Ungar with a point shot, but the goal was negated following a video review that determined their was a missed high-stick on the Edmonton zone entry.
Almost immediately after the wiped out goal, the Rebels got in on the attack and at 13:26 Jhett Larson tied the game 4-4 after he wacked home a loose puck during a goal-mouth scramble to send Game 3 to overtime.
In overtime, the Oil Kings would put the game to bed at the 7:17 mark after Prokop caught the Rebels on a bad change by sending a long-bomb pass to Jake Neighbours to put him in all alone on Ungar and he’d tuck a backhand under the pads of the goaltender to give Edmonton the win and the 3-0 series lead.
Cossa finished the night making 18 saves, while Ungar turned away 47 in the loss. The Oil Kings went 1-for-5 on the power play, the Rebels were 1-for-6.
Next up, the Oil Kings and Rebels square off in Game 4 at 7:00 PM on Wednesday night at the Peavey Mart Centrium.
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