EDMONTON - Brett Breitkreuz scored a power-play goal 1:38 into overtime as the Edmonton Oil Kings beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 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 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.
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.
Breitkreuz led the way for the Oil Kings with four points.