CRANBROOK, B.C. - Curtis Lazar had a goal and two assists and the Edmonton Oil Kings scored five goals in the third period in a 6-3 win over the Kootenay Ice in Western Hockey League playoff action Wednesday.
The Oil Kings lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final 3-0. Game 4 is Thursday in Cranbrook.
Griffin Reinhart, Keegan Lowe, Kristians Pelss, Michael St. Croix and Henrik Samuelsson scored the third-period goals for Edmonton. Laurent Brossoit made 23 saves.
Elgin Pearce. Sam Reinhart and Dylen McKinlay replied for Kootenay. Nathan Lieuwen stopped 31 shots.
The Ice opened the scoring on the rush as Joe Antilla dropped a pass at the Edmonton blue-line to Pearce who skated to the middle slot and his wrist shot went off Brossoit's blocker and into the net.
The Oil Kings tied the game on power-play rebound goal by Lazar, who has scored in all three games.
Ice regained the lead 28 seconds later as Sam Reinhart got his first career playoff goal with a wrist shot under Brossoit's glove.
The Ice made it 3-1 on an odd man rush in the second period, with McKinlay coming down the left wing and beating Brossoit high on the glove side.
The Oil Kings started their offensive explosion 1:57 into the third period. After an unsuccessful 2-on-1 break, the trailing Griffin Reinhart stepped into a slapshot the beat Lieuwen high on the glove side.
The Oil Kings tied the game as Lowe's slapshot from the point beat a screened Lieuwen.
The Oil Kings scored two goals 17 seconds apart to take their first lead of the game with Pelss and St.Croix making it 5-3.
Henrik Samuelsson added one into an empty net in his first career WHL playoff game. He missed the first two games of the series due to a suspension.