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Special teams play big role as Saskatoon thumps Edmonton 7-1

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EDMONTON - Walker Wintoneak's two power-play goals and short-handed markers by Travis Toomey and Curtis Hamilton pushed the Saskatoon Blades past the Edmonton Oil Kings 7-1 in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.

After a scoreless first, Edmonton (23-28-2-4) got in penalty trouble early in the second period and paid dearly.

Wintoneak's first goal with the man advantage came at 2:22 after he chipped a rebound over Edmonton goalie Torrie Jung's right pad.

Just 14 seconds later, Edmonton's Brett Breitkreuz was sent to the box for cross checking, allowing Wintoneak to tip-in his second off a point shot from Duncan Siemans to put the Blades (39-12-3-1) up by two.

Brendan Dowd cut the lead in half at 12:29 on Edmonton's first power play of the game, wristing the puck from the point, beating Braden Holtby.

Edmonton fell apart in the third, allowing four goals before the period was seven minutes old.

Saskatoon's Toomey picked the top corner on Jung 30 seconds into the period with the Blades down a man. Josh Nicholls stretched the lead to 4-1, skating across the net and sniping past Jung's blocker at 2:42.

Hamilton replicated Toomey's short-handed tally, followed by Derek Hulak's one-timer from the slot at made it 6-1 at 6:18.

Toomey added a power-play goal short-side on Jung at 10:57.

Jung stopped 24 shots in net for Edmonton, while Holtby stopped 19 in the crease for Saskatoon.

The contest marked Blades defenceman Ryan Funk's 200th career game in the WHL.

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