By Brent Forster, Big Valley Oil Kings
The Big Valley Oil Kings had two important games last weekend, and rose to the challenge, defeating the second-place Provost Blades 3-1 on Saturday night and downing the Sedgewick Sabres 5-1 in a rare Sunday contest in the Battle River Hockey League.
In the opening frame Saturday, Blades goaltender Graeme Harrington and Big Valley’s Chance Clark were perfect, stopping 10 shots apiece. At 1:40 of the second period, Stettler’s Justin Tremmel beat Harrington.
Oil Kings forward Dave Sissons found the back of the net 27 seconds into the third. Former Stettler Lightning Devan Shanks put Big Valley up 3-0 at 14:36, with his second point of the night. Provost’s point leader, Joel Andresen, finally beat Clark with about two minutes remaining.
Less than 24 hours later, Sedgewick braved the snowy conditions, travelling to the Big Valley Agriplex, making up for a postponed game due to poor weather. Oil Kings forward Matt Schmermund had a strong game Sunday, and opened the scoring at 4:04 of the first period.
Shanks made it 2-0 when he cashed in on a power play. Schmermund added his second goal and third point of the night for the Oil Kings, who also got a pair of goals from rookie Derek Muhlbach. Connor Ablett contributed his third point in as many games for Big Valley, which connected on three of four power plays.
Dru Morrison scored the lone Sedgewick goal with 10 minutes left.
The Oil Kings evened their record at 3-3-1.
Big Valley’s next home game is Friday at 8:30 p.m. against Sedgewick. The Oil Kings travel to Daysland to face the Northstars on Saturday.