EDMONTON - The Kootenay Ice pulled within a point of the Calgary Hitmen for the Central Division lead in the Western Hockey League with a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday night.
Dustin Sylvester, Kevin King, Drew Czerwonka, Matt Fraser and Steele Boomer scored for the Ice (36-17-5).
Mike Piluso and Logan Proulx replied for Edmonton (12-34-11), both on rebounds off the left pad of netminder Nathan Lieuwen.
King's shot from the slot in the first period bounced over the line, goalie Cam Lanigan getting just a piece with his blocker. Sylvester converted a cross-crease pass from Boomer with five to go in the second, Fraser's goal a backdoor pass from the top of the left circle at 9:44 of the third. Boomer sealed the game on a similar play at 11:01.
Sylvester's goal and two assists gave him 14 points (5-9) in the past seven games and 81 on the year, tying Craig Cunningham of the idle Vancouver Giants for the WHL scoring lead.
Edmonton came within an inch of taking the lead one minute into the third period, a rebound on a point shot from Klarc Wilson gifted to Cameron Maclise, but Lieuwen got a bit lucky as the puck just hit the inside of his pad. Moments later Czerwonka stuffed home a bouncing puck in front of the crease past Lanigan for a 3-2 lead and the game-winner.
Garry Nunn's assist was his sixth in his last six games to go with four goals. Nunn has combined on a line with Michael St. Croix and T.J. Foster for 27 points in their last six contests.
Kootenay went 0-for-2 with the man advantage. Edmonton was 0-for-1.