One night after losing at the hands of the Guelph Storm, coach Derek Laxdal and his Edmonton Oil Kings squad took it out on the Memorial Cup host London Knights.
The Oil Kings Reid Petryk scored the first goal of the game 9:42 into the first.
The contest was pretty evenly matched until the Oil Kings’ Edgars Kulda added his first goal of the game in the second, putting one passed Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz, who saw his first game action on Friday against Val-d’Or in seven weeks thanks to a long Knights layoff and an eight game suspension for slashing on March 25.
The Knights closed the gap for a brief moment when Alex Basso scored on Tristan Jarry, who was pretty good in the Edmonton net stopping a penalty shot from Ryan Rupert in the first and making 38 saves on the night. Less than two minutes later, Kulda added his second of the game and the Oil Kings cruised afterwards.
Luke Bertolucci added two goals of his own in the third, one of the power play variety, and the Oil Kings walked away victorious 5-2.
Stolarz left the game after giving up three goals and was replaced by Jake Patterson, who let in two goals of his own.
The game was pretty heavy on penalties with the teams combining for 14 infractions, nine of which belonged to the Knights. London coach Dale Hunter can’t be satisfied with his team’s penalty issues, which consistently left them short-handed.
With the win, the Oil Kings can take some momentum into their next contest, which is on Tuesday against Val-d’Or. The Knights next match up is against Guelph on Wednesday, which should be an incredibly tough game for the host team.