Kellan Tochkin is obviously a quick learner.
Tochkin scored in regulation, then added the shootout winner as the Everett Silvertips skated away with a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings yesterday afternoon at Rexall Place.
The shootout move was a beauty as Tochkin deked left, froze goalie Cam Lanigan and tapped it into the open side.
"It's always nice to get the bonus point in the shootout," said Tochkin. "I saw Maxie (teammate Tyler Maxwell), who went first. He tried going blocker. I noticed (Lanigan) shifting a bit to the right. I thought I would sell that move and go far side."
Lanigan, filling in for quarantined No. 1 puckstopper Torrie Jung was happy to see the last of Tochkin.
"Heck of a move," said Lanigan. "He came and did a real good job with the fake throwing his leg up. He just drops his shoulder. I thought for sure he was going high blocker. As soon as he opened up, he had me. I reached for it, but by that time it was game over."
Lanigan deserved better after stopping 38 of 39 pucks through overtime.
"The boys did a good job in front, other than a couple of chances in the second," said Lanigan. "There wasn't a lot of back-door, out-front stuff. I could have done a better job preventing second opportunities."
Tochkin was Johnny-on-the-spot at 9:29 of the first, banging in a rebound.
"The first one, I just saw it in somebody's feet," said Tochkin. "I thought I'd give it a swipe and hope to get lucky. Fortunately, it went through his arm and into the net."
Oil Kings rookie Micheal St. Croix scored the only Oil Kings goal late in the second.
"I didn't like our first period," said Oil Kings coach Steve Pleau. "I thought we had a lot of frustration and not enough compete. We came out in the second and played hard. It seems like when we score a goal, it gets us going. From that point on, we played a pretty decent hockey game.
"Our team's facing a lot of adversity here. Lanigan stepped up and did a good job."