Davis Koch scored the game winner with 3:34 remaining to lift the Edmonton Oil Kings past the Calgary Hitmen 5-4 on New Year’s Day at Rogers Place.
The Oil Kings were aided by a strong start building period leads of 3-0 and 4-1.
Koch (1g, 3a) and Trey Fix-Wolansky (2g, 2a) tallied four points each for Edmonton who outshot the visitors 35-19.
The line of Mark Kastelic (2g, 1a), Jakob Stukel (1g, 2a) and Andrei Grishakov (1g, 2a) combined for nine points to top the Hitmen.
Kastelic pulled Calgary back on even terms at 4-4 with a third period power play goal before the Koch winner just 50 seconds later.
Of note, Hitmen 15-year-old affiliate player and 2017 WHL first round bantam pick, Luke Prokop picked up an assist to record his first career point.
The Hitmen now return to the Scotiabank Saddledome for a busy stretch which sees the team play three of their next four games at home starting Wednesday, Jan. 3 against the Medicine Hat Tigers.