Oil Kings rebound to split series with Tigers – Medicine Hat News

Oil Kings rebound to split series with Tigers - Medicine Hat News
WHL Roundup: Saturday, March 23, 2019
EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oil Kings shook off their first loss since Feb. 15 and rallied back to split the Western Hockey Leagues Eastern Conference quarter-final series with the Medicine Hat Tigers at a game apiece following a 4-3 victory in Game 2 on Sunday at Rogers Place.

The win comes after Hat goaltender Mads Søgaard stole Game 1 from the hands of the Oil Kings with 49 saves in a 2-1 victory Saturday. The 6-foot-7 Danish netminder went back at it in Game 2, keeping his Tigers in a 3-3 contest until the dying minutes of regulation before allowing a late game-winner off the stick of Quinn Benjafield.

Søgaard made 37 saves Sunday while watching his Tigers generate just 21 shots at the other end of the ice.

After spending more than 57 minutes searching for their first goal of the post-season in a narrow Game 1 loss, the Oil Kings wasted no time hitting Sundays scoresheet. Liam Keeler netted his first goal of the post-season just over two minutes into the game when he sent a pass from Josh Williams behind Søgaard on Edmontons first shot.

But Søgaard settled right into his crease and the Tabbies rallied back into the fray on back-to-back goals from overage blueliner Linus Nassen.

The 20-year-old Swede ripped a one-timer from James Hamblin past Dylan Myskiw on a power play nine minutes later, then jumped in on the rush and threaded a pass from Ryan Chyzowski through the wickets to give Medicine Hat a 2-1 lead at the break after being outshot 13-4 in the first. 

Edmonton kept the pace ramped up entering the second period, and Vince Loschiavo broke through to knot the game back up on a power play with seven minutes left in the frame.

Søgaards second consecutive busy night continued later in the frame, but Brett Kemp stole back the lead for Medicine Hat on a power play by parking himself in front of Myskiw and getting a puck through with just over a minute remaining in the middle frame. Nassen picked up his third point of the evening on the goal — Kemp’s first against Edmonton since being sent south in exchange for Williams at the trade deadline.

Despite being outshot 31-12 through 40 minutes, Søgaard kept his Tabbies out in front entering the third period — but the Oil Kings came knocking again seven minutes into the frame.

After generating some sustained pressure in Medicine Hats end, Oil Kings centre Andrew Fyten forced a turnover on the forecheck then fed Carter Souch to even things up with a snipe to the top corner.

Medicine Hat picked up the pace in the second half of the period, but the Oil Kings quickly turned things the other way and took over the offensive zone, then Benjafield stole back Edmontons lead with just less than three minutes left on the clock.

Medicine Hat pushed for a late equalizer, but they were unable to slip another puck behind Myskiw — who collected the bounce-back win with 18 saves — and settled for a 1-1 split in the series.

EDMONTON – Mads Sogaard turned aside 49 shots as the Medicine Hat Tigers edged the Edmonton Oil Kings 2-1 on Saturday in Game 1 of their Western Hockey League first-round matchup.

Josh Williams broke up Sogaard’s shutout bid when he scored at 17:58 of the third for the Oil Kings.

Dylan Myskiw turned aside 25-of-27 shots for Edmonton, which host Game 2 of the best-of-seven set on Sunday.

SASKATOON — Max Gerlach scored his second goal of the night at 10:05 of the third to give the Blades a 2-0 first-round series lead over Moose Jaw.

Carson Denomie found the back of the net for the Warriors. Adam Evanoff stopped 27-of-29 shots in defeat.

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Aliaksei Protas and Sergei Sapego had two goals and an assist apiece as the Raiders beat Red Deer to take the first two games at home in their first-round matchup.

Brayden Pachal and Ozzy Wiesblatt also scored for the Raiders, who got 19 saves from Ian Scott. Forward Brett Leason was ejected at 3:50 of the second for checking from behind.

Brandon Hagel paced the Rebels offence with a hat trick. Chris Douglas also scored while Ethan Anders made 25 saves in a losing cause.

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Jake Leschyshyn had a three-goal performance as the Hurricanes toppled Calgary for a 2-0 lead in their first-round set.

LANGLEY, B.C. — Nolan Volcan had a goal and two helpers and Roddy Ross made 39 saves as Seattle evened its first-round series 1-1 with a win over Vancouver.

EVERETT, Wash. — Dustin Wolf turned aside 28 shots as the Silvertips held on to beat Tri-City for a 2-0 lead in their first-round set.

Krystof Hrabik, Nolan Yaremko and Aaron Hyman had goals for the Americans. Beck Warm made 35 saves in defeat.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Josh Paterson struck twice and Joel Hofer made 23 saves as the Winterhawks toppled Spokane to even their first-round series at a game apiece.

Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Luc Smith and Adam Beckman scored for the Chiefs, who got 30 stops from Bailey Brkin.

VICTORIA — Jermaine Loewen scored at 5:14 of the extra period as Kamloops edged the Royals to take Game 2 and draw even in its first-round series.

Kyrell Sopotyk had a pair of goals and Brodi Stuart also scored for the Blazers. Dylan Ferguson had 39 saves for the victory.

Kody McDonald struck twice and Carson Miller had the other Victoria goal. Griffen Outhouse turned away 31 shots in defeat.