EDMONTON - J.P. Szaszkiewicz scored twice and Jeff Lee added three assists as the Oil Kings snapped a seven game losing streak in their last home game of the season, defeating the Red Deer Rebels 5-1 in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Szaszkiewicz's game-winner came early in the second to put Red Deer (18-46-4-3) down 2-0. Michael Burns won the faceoff to left winger Szaszkiewicz, whose shot found the blocker corner behind Rebel netminder Morgan Clark.
Edmonton (21-38-4-7) opened the scoring 6:33 into the first on a dump-in that caromed strangely off the boards. Jeff Lee's shot was blocked by a diving Luke Egener but Clayton Cumiskey picked up the loose puck and buried it.
Szaszkiewicz added his second of the night with a point shot that slipped past Clark, who was replaced by David Aime after Edmonton's third goal.
McCallum's rocket from the point put the Oil Kings up 4-0 before Tomas Polak finally got the Rebels on the board, picking up his own rebound to break Oil King netminder Alex Archibald's shutout bid.
Braeden Adamyk restored the four-goal margin for Edmonton with a drive to the net early in the third.
Alex Archibald stopped 26 shots for the Oil Kings for the win.
Clark and Aime combined for 20 saves for Red Deer.
The Rebels have now lost five games in a row.