Memorial Cup: Oil Kings redeem themselves

Memorial Cup: Oil Kings redeem themselves


ST. JEAN, N.B. | The Edmonton Oil Kings have ended the curse of the Champions League the West at the Memorial Cup tournament. A Jaxsen Wiebe goal in overtime allowed the Western champions to beat the St. John Sea Dogs 4-3 at Harbor Station.

The Western champions had lost their last 14 games at the tournament.

In overtime, Wiebe accepted a pass from Kaiden Guhle before moving down the right wing and beating Nikolas Hurtubise with a accurate shot in the upper part. It was his third of the game.

“It's a big win for our team. Our game on Wednesday was unacceptable, starting with me. We needed everyone tonight for a 60 or 70 minute effort,” said forward Carter Souch, who scored a goal and two assists in the win.

The Oil Kings quickly took the lead, scoring two goals in just over two minutes early in the first period, but, as was the case against the Shawinigan Cataractes the day before, they were unable to maintain their lead. /p> Jaxsen Wiebe celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime on Wednesday against the St. John Sea Dogs.


Gardiner MacDougall's men scored three unanswered times before the end of the first period, including twice in 25 seconds, to take the lead.

Edmonton later took advantage of the officials' largesse to tie the game. The latter chased Vincent Sévigny after the latter had sent the puck into the stands, but, on the restart, it was obvious that the disc had deviated before ending up in the spectators. MacDougall tried to make his point, to no avail, and Jaxsen Wiebe used the opportunity to register his second of the game and make it 3-3.

“It's a loss that hurts, but on the other hand, there are a lot of positives to take from tonight's game, MacDougall said. We knew they would come out strong and maybe before we wouldn't have had the character to get back into the game. I liked our effort to get back into the game. »

Following the new rules announced before the start of the tournament, overtime was contested three-on-three. A decision criticized by some.


“In terms of entertainment, it's exciting, acknowledged Oil Kings coach Brad Lauer. From a coach's perspective it may not be so, but I understand why they did it. The spectators had a good show. »

The extension effectively gave the right to open play and the two goalkeepers, Sebastian Cossa for the Oil Kings and Nikolas Hurtubise for Saint-Jean, had to shine.

“It was exciting! Both teams had so many chances. There were breakaways, two against one, spectacular saves by both goalkeepers. The fans got their money's worth,” added Wiebe.

In addition to overtime, the CHL has also changed its ranking format. So, with their overtime victory, the Oil Kings had two points to one for the Sea Dogs. A victory in regulation time is now worth three points.

Memorial Cup: the Oils Kings Redeem


Memorial Cup: Oil Kings redeem themselves

P4First period1-Edm: Jaxsen Wiebe (1)
(Souch, Prokop)AN-2:14
2-Edm: Carter Souch (1)
(Williams, Deaf)4:27
3-SNB: Ralvis Kristians Ansons (1)
(Lawrence, Sévigny)6:01
4-SNB: Josh Lawrence (1)
(Ansons, Kuznetsov)6:26
5-SNB : William Dufour (2)
Penalties: Daoust (SNB) 1:23 Bezeau (SNB) (shift) and Wiebe (Edm) shift) 3:50 Sévigny (SNB) 14: 27
Second period6-Edm: Jaxsen Wiebe (2)
(Souch, Luypen)AN-2:05Penalties: Kuznetsov (SNB) 0:09 Kuny (Edm) (dou min) 3:01 Kuznetsov (SNB), Reynolds (SNB), Kubicek (Edm) and Williams (Edm) 5:50 Daoust (SNB) 9:58 Wiebe (Edm) 17:04
Third periodNo goals
Penalties : Williams (Edm) 10:05 Ansons (SNB) 10:37 Demek (Edm) 11:34
Overtime7-Edm: Jaxsen Wiebe (3)(unassisted)8:05Penalties: Shots on goalSaint John 16 – 8 – 10 – 5 – 39Edmonton9 – 8 – 7 -7 – 31Goalies:SNB: Nikolas Hurtubise (P, 1-0-1), Edm: Sebastian Cossa (G, 1-1) Powered Perks:SNB: 0 for 4, Edm: 2 for 4Referees:Mike Hamilton, Mario MailletLinesmen:Justin Burchell, Dustin McCrank ASSISTANT CE:5245