The Edmonton Oil Kings showed that it really does matter to get shots on net.
Edmonton, defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings tonight 5-2 in a game that saw them get 53 shots on Brandon's goalie Curtis Honey.
The Oil Kings opened up the scoring courtesy New York Rangers draft pick Michael St.Croix with his 23rd goal of the season and Stephane Legualt to make it a two goal game in the first.
Brandon, would respond in the form of Jayce Hawryluk beating Tristan Jarry to cut the lead in half going into the intermission.
The first saw complete shot domination in the form of Edmonton having 15 shots and Brandon having only 3……yet were only down 2-1.
The 2nd frame saw Brandon keep up the pressure and eventually tying up the game on a goal from Eric Roy.
Brandon would be shut down after that as Edmonton responded with three goals in the period with two goals from Curtis Lazar and one from Dylan Wruck.
Tristan Jarry showed once again that he is developing into a great goaltender as he got the win, making 26 saves on the night.
Edmonton's record improves to 34-11-2 with 73 points as they remain on top of the Eastern Conference standings in the WHL while Lethbridge falls to 23-21-1 and now have 54 points on the season.
Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal was pleased with his team's performance especially in the third with numerous chances despite not scoring.
"We had a really good third period it's probably one of the most dominant third periods If seen from the Oil Kings since I've been here but the only thing we didn't do was score, but we did a lot of good things". Said Laxdal.
Brandon's head coach Dwayne Gylywowychuck praised his goaltender Curtis Honey who made 47 saves on the night in a losing effort.
"Curtis gave us an opportunity to stay above water the game was 2-2 (in the 2nd) and then I thought after they scored the third and fourth goal we didn't play well defensively we didn't get a lot of pucks out and Curtis stood in their tall he made some big saves for us for us, he kept it close, and and the score could have been a lot worse if it wasn't for Curtis" said Gylywowychuck.
Next up for both teams Edmonton plays the Lethbridge Hurricanes today at 4PM Mountain while Brandon heads to Calgary to face the Calgary Hitmen today at 4PM Mountain also.