EDMONTON - Jeff Lee's one-handed effort halfway through the third lifted the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-2 win over the Kootenay Ice in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday night.
Lee, while being hauled down by Martin James, cut across the net and tucked the puck past Ice starter Todd Mathews.
Craig McCallum converted a 2-on-1 with Brett Breitkreuz to open the scoring with 1:12 remaining in the first period, picking Mathew's glove side to give Edmonton (29-32-4-5) the 1-0 lead.
Drew Czerwonka knotted things up for the Ice (34-28-2-6) at 6:51 of the second with a redirection past the left pad of Oil Kings goalie Torrie Jung.
The Oil Kings got a bit of help in restoring the lead 6:22 into the third when Brendan Lockerby's shot was accidentally redirected past Mathews' five-hole by Ice defender Brayden McNabb.
Just over a minute after Lee's winner, Tyler Hlookoff added a power-play marker from the point, chasing Mathews in favour of backup goalie Scott Orth.
The replacement sparked Kootenay. Three minutes later, Czerwonka added his second of the contest on a wraparound with Jung caught out of the net to make it 4-2.
The Oil Kings are now 12-2-1 when McCallum scores this year. It was the fifth time this year McCallum had the game's opening goal for Edmonton.
Jung stopped 36 saves in net for Edmonton, while Orth and Mathews combined to stop 30 shots for the Ice.