Brett Breitkreuz provided the overtime heroics, but the Edmonton Oil Kings gave just as much credit to their tough guys for their chippy win over the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Breitkreuz scored a power-play goal 1:38 into overtime as the Oil Kings beat Brandon 6-5 in a fight-filled affair on Monday afternoon in the WHL.
Breitkreuz beat Wheat Kings goalie Andrew Hayes high as Edmonton broke in on a three-on-two after Oil Kings netminder Dalyn Flette stopped Brandon's Matt Lowry at the other end of the ice. The win ended Edmonton's three-game losing streak.
The teams fought five times Monday, the result of bad blood stemming from a game last November in which the teams staged a line brawl, racking up 175 penalty minutes in the process.
"Guys stood up for each other, guys had great hits, we were physical and we found a way to win," said Edmonton coach Steve Pleau. "You have to give all of them credit. ... I thought everybody did battle and that's what you have to do. It's our ice and we have to play that way."
The tide seemed to turn for Edmonton when Clayton Cumiskey went up against Riley Miller and dropped the Wheat King with a blistering punch to the chin. Breitkreuz, who led the way on the scoresheet for the Oil Kings with two goals and two assists, was proud of his teammate.
"That was the turning point in the game, I think, from my point of view," Breitkreuz said. "You could feel their team deflate, and we kind of stepped on the gas and went for it."
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Prince Albert 3 Kamloops 2; Medicine Hat 4 Kootenay 3 (SO); and Lethbridge 3 Regina 2.
At Edmonton, the Wheat Kings (5-4-1-0) got on the board first at 8:47 of the first after Flette made two brilliant pad saves before Jay Fehr banged it in.
Edmonton (5-5-1-0) tied it up at 14:30, Breitkreuz converting a second chance past Hayes, but Fehr restored Brandon's lead just 11 seconds later, lifting the puck over Flette.
Brendan Dowd tied it for the Oil Kings tied it 2-2 early in the second on a 5-on-3 advantage, but Brandon took its third lead of the game ten minutes later, Aaron Lewadniuk chipping in a loose puck. Craig McCallum replied with a power-play net-crasher to tie the game once more.
Lewadniuk briefly restored Brandon's lead, but Brent Raedeke evened it up in short order at 4-4, both goals coming off rebounds.
A pair of tip-ins tied the game at five each, Tomas Vincour for Edmonton and Nathan Green for Brandon, the latter on the power-play.
Raiders 3 Blazers 2=
At Kamloops, B.C., Ryan Harrison's goal at 18:04 of the third period gave Prince Albert a victory over the Blazers.
Justin Bernhardt and Ryan McDonald also scored for the Raiders (6-5-0-0).
Tyler Shattock and Jimmy Bubnick replied for Kamloops (4-6-0-1).