Comeback Kings

JASON HILLS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:21 PM ET

The Edmonton Oil Kings surely gave head coach Steve Pleau a few more grey hairs last night.

The Oil Kings have built up quite a reputation for their memorable comebacks and after last night's win against the Red Deer Rebels they can add another one to the list.

Down 4-1 heading into the third period, they stormed back with three goals to tie the game and co-captain Brenden Dowd scored the game winner in the shootout to give Edmonton a 5-4 win last night in front of 3,734 fans at Rexall Place.

Dowd, defenceman Brandon Lockerby, forwards Shayne Neigum and Brent Raedeke all scored for Edmonton in regulation.

Defenceman Colin Archer, Willie Coetzee, Cody Gross and Cass Mappin scored for Red Deer.

With the game tied 1-1, the Oil Kings handcuffed themselves to begin the second. Already killing a five-on-three power play to start the period, the Oil Kings took four more penalties in a 1:01 span, and the Rebels cashed in with three power-play markers.

QUICK LEAD

Coetzee, Gross and Mappin scored in a span of just 1:55 to give the Rebels the comfortable lead.

Finding themselves down by three that early in the period, the Oil Kings kicked their offence into gear and started to pound the puck towards Rebels goaltender Morgan Clark.

Clark was forced to make 18 stops in the second alone, but he couldn't hold off the Oil Kings surge as they fired a 20 more shots Clark's way in the third.

Lockerby started the comeback beating Clark with a shot from just inside the blue-line to cut the lead in half.

Heading into last night's contest, the Rebels penalty kill was the worst in the league, but they certainly didn't show it as they frustrated the Oil Kings power play all night.

However, with the Oil Kings on a power play midway through the third, they started to put some pressure on Clark.

They didn't score on that power play, but shortly after Neigum finished off a nice tic-tac-toe with Cumiskey and Dowd to get within one goal at the 9:05 mark of the third.

OFF TO SHOOTOUT

The Oil Kings, like they've done in many of their wins in their short history completed the comeback when Jeff Lee drove hard down the right wing, centred a pass to Raedeke who ripped a wrist shot through the legs of Clark late in the period to force overtime.

In the shootout, forward Craig McCallum, Tomas Vincour and Dowd all beat Clark, while Landon Ferraro and Brennan Wray scored for the Rebels. Coetzee was the only shooter to not score in the shootout.

Flette (2-2) made 23 saves for the win, while Clark (3-1) made 50 stops for his first loss of the year.

NEW RECORDS: THE OIL KINGS SET TWO NEW TEAM RECORDS IN THE WIN. THEIR 55 SHOTS TOWARDS CLARK IN REGULATION AND OVERTIME BROKE THE OLD TEAM RECORD OF 50 SHOTS IN A 5-0 WIN OVER THE PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS BACK ON FEB. 22.

The Oil Kings also set another team record holding Red Deer to just two shots in the third period.

* The Oil Kings played Red Deer eight times last season and held a 3-2-0-3 record against them.


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