EDMONTON - In danger of losing an eighth game in a row, the Seattle Thunderbids returned to the .500 mark as they peppered the Oil Kings on Sunday evening, outshooting Edmonton 49-26 en route to a 4-1 WHL victory.
The game-winner came shortly after a two-man power play expired late in the second. Bud Holloway stripped the puck near the blue-line and his slapshot squeaked between Oil King goalie Dalyn Flette's arm and body. Flette, who stopped 27 of 29 shots, was replaced by Alex Archibald in net after the goal.
Edmonton (9-12-1-3) opened the scoring just 1:42 into the first period. After the puck slid to the post on a solo effort by Jeff Lee, the puck was won behind the net by Brendan Dowd. He cycled the puck to Lee who fed Robin Figren in front for a one-timer past DeSerres.
Seattle (9-9-3-1) tied the game from a labelled top-corner shot by Greg Scott on the power play after Flette stopped a Jim O'Brien one-timer from the low slot.
Flette prevented the Thunderbirds from taking a late-period lead, flashing the leather on a blistering slap-shot from the circle by Jeremy Boyer.
Seattle added insurance markers at 7:50 of the third on a cross-crease powerplay goal by O'Brien, and at 14:57 by Jan Eberle on a giveaway by Bretton Stamler.'
DeSerres stopped 25 shots for Seattle, and Archibald saved 19 in relief for Edmonton.