Savoie fires game winner as Winnipeg Ice down Oil Kings 5-2 Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Matthew Savoie is a gamer.

The 17 year-old scoring phenom now leads the Western Hockey League in scoring after Saturday night's three point outing.

Savoie was the frontman in the Ice win on the night, assisting on the game tying tally and scoring twice, including a skilled redirection on the game winning goal as the Winnipeg Ice downed the Central Division leading Edmonton Oil Kings by a 5-2 score.

"You know when we started putting the puck in the net it created a little momentum and I just drove the bus for us a little bit," he said. "Our whole line was just trying to get in front of the eyes, luckily it (puck) just went in off of my stick."

Savoie now leads the WHL with 44 points in 27 games.

Savoie tipped in a Ben Zloty shot from the left point to give Winnipeg the lead after a solid three period battle with the Central Division leading Oil Kings.

The game didn't start well for Winnipeg as they turned the puck over four times in the first period, leading to odd man rushes for Edmonton.

Ice Head Coach James Patrick didn't care for the way his club started out the night.

"I thought at the end of the night we did a lot of good things the last two periods. We came out flat. we came out unengaged and they (Edmonton) were the team that played last night. It's a little puzzling," he said.

"I thought Gage (goaltender) kept us in the first period," he added.

Connor Geekie, Mikey Milne and Ben Zloty also scored for the Ice.

Gage Alexander made 28 saves for Winnipeg, who moved to 23-3-1.

Josh Williams and Chase Friedt-Mohr scored for the Oil Kings.

Kolby Hay turned aside 25 shots for Edmonton, who dropped to 19-6-2-1.

Edmonton scored first at 9:56 of the first period when the Oil Kings broke in on a two-on-one when Jakub Demek fed Josh Williams a perfect pass by the hash marks which he snapped past Ice goaltender Gage Alexander, beating him low glove side.

The goal was his 14th of the season.

Connor Geekie tied the contest at 17:27, tipping a Matthew Savoie shot past Hay to make it 1-1.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

The tally sent an arena full of teddy bears iceward, which prompted the Oil Kings to leave the ice and resulted with an early first intermission.

The Oil Kings regained the lead 4:16 into the second when Chase Friedt-Mohr took a feed from Logan Dowhaniuk and snapped a wrister just inside the right post.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Winnipeg tied it up at 17:56 when Matthew Savoie curled off the top of the circle and hit defenceman Ben Zloty with a crisp pass before he moved in and beat Hay with a high backhand shot.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Mikey Milne made it 4-2 at 17:34 of the third period after he stepped around Oil Kings defenceman Logan Dowhaniuk in the corner before cutting in front of the net and beating an outstretched Hay to give the Ice some breathing room.

The goal was his 19th of the season.

Savoie added another goal with 40 seconds remaining to make it 5-2.

The goal was his 15th of the season.

SHOTS-EDMONTON 28 WINNIPEG 30

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Philip Paul-Martin

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