Medicine Hat, AB – A pair of power-play goals proved to be the difference in another intense battle between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night at the Medicine Hat Arena, as the Tigers clawed out a 3-1 victory.
The provincial rivals squared off on Friday in Edmonton, with the Oil Kings winning 4-3 in a shootout. Saturday’s second half of the home-and-home was also hotly contested, as Wacey Hamilton and Emerson Etem each scored with the man advantage to spot the Tigers a 2-0 lead after two periods, with the teams trading goals in the final frame to make it a 3-1 final.
Oil Kings captain Mark Pysyk scored the lone goal for the visitors, as he deflected a Keegan Lowe point shot through the five-hole of Tigers goalie Tyler Bunz to cut the lead to 2-1 with 14:27 left in the third period. The Oil Kings put another shot past Bunz with 3:32 to go, but the referee deemed the goal was scored with a high stick and the deficit remained 2-1, leading to Etem’s second of the night into the empty net with 15 seconds left.
Both the Edmonton Oilers draft pick Bunz and Oil Kings goalie Jon Groenheyde were strong between the pipes, as the shots were even 29-29 when the final buzzer sounded. There was one fight in the game, as Oil Kings defenceman Keegan Lowe duked it out with Boston Leier late in the middle frame.
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Fortunately for the Oil Kings, they didn’t lose any ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race, as the Brandon Wheat Kings also lost on Saturday, dropping a 6-5 decision to the Regina Pats. Edmonton remains in sixth place with a 30-30-2-5 record and 67 points, while the Wheat Kings are in seventh with 66 points. Both teams have five games remaining on their schedules.
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The Oil Kings now get a well-deserved five-day break from game action, and next up is a two-game Saskatchewan road trip this coming weekend, as they play the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday, March 11 and Saskatoon Blades on Saturday, March 12.
The next home game is Tuesday, March 15 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and it’s Win-Win Night at Rexall. If the Oil Kings defeat the Hurricanes, everyone in attendance is invited to attend the final home game of the regular season on Friday, March 18 against the Red Deer Rebels for free. The final game is Fan Appreciation Night and Shirts Off Our Backs Night.
Tickets to every Oil Kings home game are available starting at just $15 at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at oilkings.ca, or by calling 780-414-GOAL (4625).