EDMONTON - Brendan Dowd scored the shootout winner as the Edmonton Oil Kings came back from a three-goal deficit to stun the Red Deer Rebels 5-4 on Friday night in Western Hockey League.
After Dowd slipped the puck between the legs of Rebels netminder Morgan Clark, Oil Kings netminder Dalyn Flette preserved the victory, stopping Rebels forward Willie Coetzee.
Dowd opened the scoring 6:14 into the game for the Oil Kings (2-2-0-0), crashing the net and jamming the puck home past Clark after Brett Breitkreuz fired the puck on goal.
Colin Archer tied it up for Red Deer (2-1-0-1) with 5:22 remaining in the first, wristing a shot through a screen past Flette to the glove side.
The Oil Kings put themselves in serious trouble shortly after, taking four straight penalties in a 61-second span late in the first period. The Rebels made them pay, scoring three goals with the man advantage.
Coetzee banged one in off the end boards, Cody Gross converted from the slot past Flette's blocker and Cass Mappin slammed home a rebound off Flette's stick to give the Rebels a 4-1 lead.
The Oil Kings rallied in the third.
Brandon Lockerby got things going with a point shot that eluded Clark at 6:07. Three minutes later, Shayne Neigum finished off a three-way passing play at the side of the net from Dowd and Clayton Cumiskey. Brent Raedeke tied it 4-4 with 3:52 left, tapping in a Jeff Lee backhand pass to force overtime.
Notes: The Oil Kings outshot Red Deer 55-27, a franchise high in shots for Edmonton. The Oil Kings limited Red Deer to two shots in the third period, also a franchise best.