Justin Feser scored once and set up four more as the Tri-City Americans crushed the struggling Edmonton Oil Kings 8-1 on Saturday in Western Hockey League play.
Feser's five-point performance extended his point streak to five games and includes seven goals and 11 assists. His 38 goals and 92 points in 61 contests moves him into fifth spot in WHL scoring.
Edmonton, which leads the Eastern Conference standings, dropped its season-high third game in a row and head coach Derek Laxdal wasn't pleased with his club's performance.
"This is the not the Edmonton team that has won 43 games," Laxdal said. "This is our third straight loss. We have to find a way to get out of the doldrums. This was probably our worst game of the year. Take nothing away from Tri-City, they came with energy. This is a tough building to play in."
Jesse Mychan scored twice and added an assist for the Americans (36-22-3), who are on a five-game win streak, and Connor Rankin had a goal and two assists.
Bulbuc's goal was the first of his WHL career and came in just his third game.
Henrik Samuelsson scored the lone goal for the Oil Kings (43-15-5).
Tri-City's Troy Trombley stopped 36-of-37 shots to improve to 5-0-0 on the season as Edmonton's Laurent Brossoit allowed eight goals on 36 shots in defeat.
The Americans found success with their power play as they went 3 for 4, while the Oil Kings failed to score on their only opportunity with the man advantage.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Saskatoon 7, Moose Jaw 1; Kootenay 5, Calgary 1; Everett 3, Seattle 2 (OT); Medicine Hat 2, Swift Current 0; Red Deer 4, Prince Albert 2; Portland 6, Prince George 1; Spokane 2, Kamloops 0 and Kelowna 7, Victoria 2.
At Kennewick, Wash., Topping opened the scoring at 18:11 of the first period.
Yuen gave Tri-City a two-goal lead 1:44 into the second period before Samuelsson responded for Edmonton 35 seconds later.
McCue and Feser added two more goals for the Americans for a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Rankin made it 5-1 just 43 seconds into the third period and Bulbuc found the board at 8:05.
Mychan found the back of the net twice in the final 11 minutes of the game as the Oil Kings gave up eight goals for the first time since an 8-2 defeat to the Swift Current Broncos on Sept. 1st.
Blades 7 Warriors 1
Ice 5 Hitmen 1
At Cranbrook, B.C., Levi Cable, Brock Montgomery and Jaedon Descheneau each had a goal and an assist as the Ice (30-29-2) won their 12th game in a row on home ice by downing Calgary (40-18-4).
Silvertips 3 Thunderbirds 2 (OT)
At Kent, Wash., Mirco Mueller scored 2:07 into overtime and Tyler Sandhu scored twice in regulation as Everett (22-35-5) ended its 11-game winless streak by edging Seattle (21-32-8).
Tigers 2 Broncos 0
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Marek Langhamer stopped 38 shots for his second shutout of the season and Curtis Valk's goal at 4:24 of the first period stood up as the winner as the Tigers (32-28-3) blanked Swift Current (28-27-7), which lost its third straight.
Rebels 4 Raiders 2
At Red Deer, Alta., Patrik Bartosak stopped 36-of-38 shots and Rhyse Dieno had a goal and an assist as the Rebels (34-22-6) doubled up Prince Albert (33-22-6) for their fifth win in a row.
Winterhawks 6 Cougars 1
At Prince George, B.C., Ty Rattie and Brendan Leipsic each had two goals and an assist and Mac Carruth made 32 saves as Portland (51-9-3) earned its fifth straight victory by defeating the Cougars (19-36-8).
Chiefs 2 Blazers 0
At Spokane, Wash., Garret Hughson earned his second shutout of the season by making 32 saves while Blake Gal and Todd Fiddler scored 24 seconds apart as the Chiefs (36-24-2) shut out Kamloops (41-17-5).
Rockets 7 Royals 2
At Victoria, Cody Fowlie scored twice and added an assist and Tyrell Goulbourne had a goal and two assists as Kelowna (44-15-4) handed the Royals (32-24-6) their sixth loss in a row.
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