The first visit to Rogers Place by the Winnipeg ICE will be one the visitors wish they could erase from the history books.
After handing the ICE a 7-0 defeat in Winnipeg in their first meeting of the season back on October 4, the Oil Kings (34-8-6-3) skated away with a convincing 4-1 win over the ICE (29-19-1-0) in front of 9,023 fans at Rogers Place on Saturday night.
Sebastian Cossa (19-3-2-1) earned the win in October’s shellacking, making 40-saves in his WHL debut. Tonight he needed far fewer saves but was just as stellar with those he turned aside, stopping all but one of 26 shots.
Liam Hughes (13-6-0-0) took the loss, allowing three goals on 41 shots during 59:04 of play, with the final Oil Kings goal of the night coming by way of an empty net.
Carter Souch, Riley Sawchuk (1G, 1A), Ethan McIndoe and Jake Neighbours (1G, 1A) were the goal scorers for the home side on United Against Cancer night. A special pre-game ceremony saw both teams hold signs dedicated to who they’re supporting, as well as 10-year-old Addison – currently fighting the disease – attend the game and announce the Oil Kings starting line-up over the public address system.
After a scoreless stalemate in the first 20 minutes, it was the Oil Kings who opened the game’s offence and did so with one of the prettier passing plays of the year.
Breaking into the offensive zone, Souch started it off with a feed to Sawchuk, who found Dylan Guenther who tapped a pass back to Souch who buried his 16th of the season to make it 1-0 Edmonton at 10:24.
Under two minutes later – and with the Oil Kings on a 5-on-3 man advantage – they capitalized to extend their lead to 2-0 on Sawchuk’s 23rd of the campaign, from Matthew Robertson and Neighbours, at 12:42, to round out second period scoring.
Shots on goal during the first period favoured the Oil Kings, 12-8, and 13-6 in the second for a two-period total of 25-14, Edmonton.
The Oil Kings kept things rolling to start the third period, making it 3-0 just 40 seconds in after a Robertson blast from the point was tipped in front by McIndoe for his 12th of the season – another power play goal – with the secondary assist to Guenther.
The ICE broke the goose egg just under five minutes into the third period with a goal by Michal Teply to cut the lead to 3-1, but they couldn’t close the gap any tighter as the Oil Kings would add another from the stick of Neighbours – an empty net goal for his 17th of the year – at 19:17 from Scott Atkinson to secure the 4-1 final.
Winnipeg was 0-for-2 on the power play, while Edmonton was 2-for-3 with the man advantage.
Carter Souch (EDM) (3), Dylan Guenther (EDM) (2), and Riley Sawchuk (EDM) (1) were selected as the Three Stars of the Game.
Riley Sawchuk, Matthew Robertson and Ethan Cap each wore an “A” and skated as alternates to captain Scott Atkinson.
Before puck drop, Jalen Luypen was awarded the Blue Willow Restaurant/Vic Mah Trophy as Unsung Hero for the month of January.
The Oil Kings continue their six-game home stand on Friday, February 7 when they host the Red Deer Rebels at 7:00 PM MT.
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