Kent, WA – Dylan Wruck scored the game-winning goal for the second consecutive game as the Edmonton Oil Kings opened their United States road trip with a 4-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday at the ShoWare Center.
The Oil Kings posted an identical 4-2 win back on home ice at Rexall Place on Saturday night versus the Prince Albert Raiders, as they battled back from a deficit and Wruck scored the game-winner. Edmonton trailed Seattle 2-1 early in the third on Tuesday and rallied for three unanswered goals in the final 9:49 to double up on the T-Birds.
Travis Ewanyk spotted the Oil Kings a 1-0 lead through 40 minutes thanks to a short-handed goal on a pass from Rhett Rachinski in the middle frame. But the T-Birds stormed into the third period, with Matt Elliot and Brendan Rouse scoring within the first three minutes to give the home side a 2-1 lead.
Kristians Pelss tallied the equalizer for Edmonton with 9:49 remaining, banging home a loose puck after a Mark Pysyk point shot. And just 1:50 later, Wruck converted on a rebound from Jordan Hickmott and Colton Stephenson for his team-leading 29th of the year to put the Oil Kings ahead 3-2. Hickmott then blasted a slap shot into the empty net with 22 seconds left to seal the win.
Goalie Laurent Brossoit made his third consecutive start between the Edmonton pipes and picked up his second straight win with a 32-save performance. Edmonton fired 41 shots at Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard, and the Colorado Avalanche 2010 second-rounder made 38 saves.
With their second straight victory, the Oil Kings are back even on the season at 24-24-0-3, and they continued to build their cushion in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Their 51 points puts them four points ahead of the seventh-place Swift Current Broncos, who have also played three more games than Edmonton.
The Oil Kings continue their four-game road trip to the United States on Wednesday in Kennewick, Washington, against the Tri-City Americans at 8:05 p.m. MT. They also play the Portland Winterhawks on Friday and Everett Silvertips on Saturday before returning home on Tuesday to play the Prince George Cougars at 7 p.m. at Rexall Place.
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