Main Camp Day 2 Recap
Fort Saskatchewan, AB - Day 2 of Oil Kings Main Camp brought on six games and some tough decisions as the defending WHL Champions continue evaluations out in Fort Saskatchewan. Management will narrow down the remaining players to field two teams that will battle it out in the Annual Red/White Intrasquad game Wednesday night. 41 players remain with one more chance to impress before the last set of cuts heading into the WHL exhibition schedule.
All Oil Kings fans are invited to get their first glimpse at the 2012-13 lineup as well as some talented future prospects. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Jubilee Rec Centre. (10013 - 96 Ave) in Fort Saskatchewan. Admission is free.
Game 1 - Blue (1-1) vs Red (1-1) - Red wins 4-3 in OT
Jesse Mitchell didn't get the best shot away but it was enough to beat Team Blue for the OT winner in the first game of the day. Mitchell's shot buzzed the net but took an odd bounce off the back wall to find it's way in the net. The goal completed a comeback for Team Red who trailed by two goals for most of the game. Henrik Samuelsson, Ryan Dech and rookie Brett Pollock tallied the other Team Red goals while Keegan Lowe, Michael St. Croix and Mason Geertsen scored for Team Blue in a losing cause.
1. BLUE - Keegan Lowe (1)
1. RED - Henrik Samuelsson (2)
2. BLUE - Michael St.Croix (2)
3. BLUE - Mason Geertsen (1)
2. RED - Ryan Dech (1)
3. RED - Brett Pollock (1)
4. RED - Jesse Mitchell (1)
Game 2 - Red (2-1) vs White (1-1) - Red wins 3-2
Team White's comeback came up short as Team Red notched back to back wins in the morning session. Sophomore Cole Benson scored his third of the camp with Brett Pollock and Ashton Sautner scoring the other goals for Team Red. Cody Corbett showed of his howitzer as he blasted his way to his first goal of camp. Corbett joined the Oil Kings early last season from Minnesota and made an impact as a rookie WHL d-man.
1. RED - Cole Benson (3)
2. RED - Brett Pollock (2)
1. WHITE - Cody Corbett (1)
3. RED - Ashton Sautner (1)
2. WHITE - Adam Wilson (1)
Game 3 - White (1-2) vs Blue (1-2) - White wins 3-1
Both teams were reeling from early morning losses as all veterans stepped up to tally the goals in this one. Curtis Lazar and TJ Foster both scored but the highlight of the morning for Team White came courtesy of new import Edgars Kulda. Kulda came off the half wall with a nice move and wired home a shot over the shoulder of the Team Blue goaltender.
1. WHITE - Curtis Lazar (2)
1. BLUE - Michael St. Croix (3)
2. WHITE - TJ Foster (2)
3. WHITE - Edgars Kulda (2)
Game 4 - Red (3-1) vs White (2-2) - White wins 2-1
Team White toppled Team Red 2-1 in what was the tightest game of the evening. Darcy Zaharichak scored the game winner thanks to another odd bounce.
1. RED - Mitch Walter (2)
1. WHITE - Cody Corbett (2)
2. RED - Darcy Zaharichak (1)
Game 5 - White (3-2) vs Blue (1-3) - Blue wins 3-1
Game 5 was a heated affair as Blue looked to get back in the win column against a team they had yet to beat. The second fight of training camp broke out between veteran Tristan Sieben and rookie Adam Wilson. Rookie Sebastien Auray opened the scoring for Team Blue before St.Croix tallied his camp leading 4th goal of the week. Oilers draft pick Travis Ewanyk unleashed a laser of a shot to make it close but rookie Garrett Armour found an empty net goal to seal it for Team Blue.
1. BLUE - Sebastien Auray (1)
2. BLUE - Michael St. Croix (4)
1. WHITE - Travis Ewanyk (1) big shot
3. BLUE (EN) - Garrett Armour (1)
Game 6 - Red (3-2) vs Blue (2-3) - Blue wins 4-1
Rookie Brandon Ralph continued to impress as he tallied a pair of goals in a 4-1 win for Team Blue in the final game of the night. Ralph's second of the game came on a partial break as he roofed a shot for the insurance marker from in tight. Not to be out done, Oilers draft pick Mitch Moroz added a similar goal over the shoulder and short side to salt the game away for Team Blue.
1. BLUE - Brandon Ralph (2)
2. BLUE - Brandon Baddock (1)
1. RED - Cole Benson (4)
3. BLUE - Brandon Ralph (3)
4. BLUE - Mitch Moroz (1)
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All Oil Kings regular season single game tickets go on sale this Friday, August 31st at 10:00 a.m. This includes all tickets for the Banner Raising Home Opener Thursday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m. against the Kootenay Ice.
One of the best ways to secure a seat for the historic night is the Oil Kings Opening Night Pack presented by the TEAM 1260, the BEAR and Virgin Radio. That’s 2 tickets to Opening Night plus 2 Championship T-shirts for just $49. Fans can save $25 of retail pricing! That package available for Opening Night only will also go on sale this Friday, August 31st.
For more information tickets or ticket packages call 780-414-GOAL (4625) or check online at oilkings.ca. The Oil Kings 2012-13 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.