It's one Rad victory

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

At this rate, Brent Raedeke is bound to score over 70 goals this year.

Last night at Rexall Place, the Edmonton Oil Kings forward netted his fifth and sixth goals of the season in a 5-0 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Raedeke has scored at least a goal in each of the Oil Kings first five games of the year.

"I think I'm getting some luck lately," Raedeke said. "I think I just need to keep shooting the puck and hopefully they keep going in for me."

Last night the Regina native got things started, intercepting a pass at centre, walking in on goal and snapping a shot over Tigers starting goaltender Tyler Bunz. He then scored the Oil Kings' third goal of the night, getting the puck in the slot off a scramble. And with defenceman Keegan Lowe running interference in the crease, he roofed another shot over Bunz.

The Oil Kings seemed to have the book on the Tigers goaltender as Robin Soudek and Brett Breitkreuz also wired shots over his shoulder.

"In pre-game warm-ups, our coach was saying to go high on this guy," Raedeke said. "So that's where we were shooting and that's where all the goals were going in."

Raedeke, 19, who signed an entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings after an impressive free-agent tryout last season, moved into a tie for the league-lead in goals with his pair of markers.

So far this season everything he's firing at the net seems to be going in.

"It seems that way," he said. "I've never really had a run like this before."

Last season, Raedeke finished the year with 19 goals and 55 points. This year, the six-foot, 199-pound centre is playing with a lot more confidence, especially around the net.

"He's playing hard and he's shooting the puck," said Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau. "If his first instinct is to rip it, it's going to go in 80% of the time when he's able to pick that corner. It's a great play. I thought he skated hard and he did a lot of good things tonight."

Raedeke's opening goal gave the Oil Kings a slim lead after the first period. In the second they blew the game wide open.

Breitkreuz's goal gave the Oil Kings a 4-0 lead and chased the Tigers starting goaltender midway through the frame. Devon Dubyk, who was recently acquired by the Tigers, entered the game in relief and was beaten high over the shoulder by Michael Burns, giving the Oil Kings a five-goal lead heading into the third period.

At the other end, Oil Kings goaltender Torrie Jung turned away 31 shots to record his first shutout of the season.

"That was probably his worst game of the year," said Pleau of his goaltender. "On the road, he was absolutely tremendous for us."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA

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GAME GRADES OVERALL: A-

Offence: A

Defence: A

Goaltending: A

Power play: C

Penalty killing: A

Toughness: A

Effort: A

THREE STARS

1. Brent Raedeke, EDM

Scored a pair of goals, giving him six in five games this season.

2. Torrie Jung, EDM

Pitched a shutout, making 31 saves.

3. Brett Breitkreuz, EDM

A goal and a fight for the winger.

WHY THEY WON

They took advantage of some sloppy giveaways early and were able to build an impressive lead through two periods.

BIG PLAY

Brent Raedeke intercepts a pass at centre ice, goes in on goal and wires a shot over the shoulder of Tigers goaltender Tyler Bunz to open the scoring.

BIG FIGHT

Brett Breitkreuz accepts John Stampohar's invitation to dance after scoring his team's fourth goal of the contest.

UP NEXT

TOMORROW: Oil Kings vs. Moose Jaw Warriors, 7 p.m., Rexall Place


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