Oil Kings win in shootout
CRASH CAMERON, QMI Agency
A 3-0 lead for the home team.
Where have the Edmonton Oil Kings seen that before?
In fact, the last time the Medicine Hat Tigers visited Rexall Place.
On Friday, they didn't even see it disappear. But they hung on for a 4-3 shootout win over the Tigers in front of 8,132.
Last time between these two, the tide turned slowly. This time, the Kings only had to blink before they woke up in a sweat.
It's been beauty and the beast lately, with the Oil Kings playing both roles.
A few mistakes have cost them in strong efforts against the big dogs of the division.
The Oilers dominated the overtime. but couldn't score.
But it was their top scorer — Michael St. Croix — who got the edge on the league's leading scorer — Lindey Vey — in the shootout.
Oiler draft pick Tyler Bunz was the difference last time as the badly outshot Tigers left with a 6-5 shoutout win.
Friday, the St. Albert native was in on the all the exciting moments until the halfway point of the game — not always in his favour.
Travis Ewanyk one-timed it off a Marek Hrbas feed, a blocker stop off Rhett Rachinski deflected up and over him for a short-hander, and then Michael St. Croix went shelf from in tight and it was 3-0 Kings.
Emerson Etem got an ugly one at 11:35 of the second and then the ice began to tilt.
A bad pinch by Hrbas set up a two-on-one for the WHL's leading scorer — guess what Linden Vey did?
Then Etem set up Scott McKay from behind the net and the Oil Kings didn't know what hit them. In six minutes, it was 3-3.