EDMONTON - Brendan Dowd scored two goals and added an assist in the Edmonton Oil Kings' 4-1 victory over the Red Deer Rebels in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday night.
Edmonton (27-31-2-5) opened the scoring 3:49 into the game on the power play. Dowd corralled a shot by Brent Raedeke that rebounded off the end boards, depositing it behind Rebels netminder Cam Gorchynski.
Red Deer (19-34-1-9) found themselves down by two 1:36 later when Tomas Vincour wrapped the puck around the net just after a goalie interference penalty to Brandon Wray expired.
Red Deer came close with 3:15 to go in the period, as Landon Ferraro fed a wide-open Willie Coetzee in the low slot. Edmonton goalie Torrie Jung slid across in the butterfly to preserve the lead.
At 4:17 of the second period, Clayton Cumiskey hit Joel Kot off the puck, then Dowd picked up the loose puck and fired it through Gorchynski's pads, prompting Rebels coach Jesse Wallin to put Darcy Kuemper in net.
Vincour scored his second of the game 3:28 later, picking up a loose puck at the circle, turning and firing it over the shoulder of Kuemper to extend Edmonton's lead to 4-0.
Jordie Deagle got Red Deer on the board 1:05 into the third period, knuckling a shot that Jung had trouble tracking through a screen.
Gorchynski and Kuemper combined for 21 saves, while Jung turned aside 34 shots.