Airdrie's Jake Neighbours and the Edmonton Oil Kings need just one more win over the Red Deer Rebels to advance to the third round of the Western Hockey League playoffs.

Last night (May 9) Neighbours scored on a breakaway in overtime to give the Oil Kings a 5 – 4 win and a three games to none lead in their series with Red Deer.

It was the first game that the Rebels had hit the scoresheet against Edmonton, having been shutout 4 – 0 in game one and 5 – 0 in game two. Red Deer fought hard in the game, despite being outshot 55 – 22. They battled back from a pair of two-goal deficits to send the game to overtime, only to have Neighbours score his first goal of the playoffs at 7:17 of OT to end things for Edmonton. For his overtime heroics, Neighbours was selected the game's third star.

The Oil Kings have been dominant so far in this year's playoffs, knocking off the Lethbridge Hurricanes in four straight in the first round. Neighbours, who began the season in the St. Louis Blues' lineup, the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2020 NHL entry draft, has five assists to go along with last night's goal in the post-season. In nine games with the Blues, Neighbours scored his first NHL goal and added an assist before being returned to the Oil Kings for the remainder of the season. In 30 games this season with Edmonton, Neighbours collected 17 goals and 28 assists for 45 points.

The Oil Kings finished second behind the Winnipeg Ice during the regular season in the WHL's Eastern Conference with a 50-14-3-1 record and 104 points.

Game four between the Oil Kings and Rebels goes tomorrow night (May 11) at the Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer.

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