Cranbrook, BC – The Oil Kings survived a wild third period but fell short in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Kootenay Ice on Wednesday. Despite a pair of goals from Dylan Wruck Edmon,ton’s record dropped to 16-5-2-3 on the season. The single point earned in the loss tied the Oil Kings with the Calgary Hitmen for first in the Central division.
Wruck opened the scoring with a one timer from the point for the game’s only first period goal. The power play marker came on the Oil Kings first man advantage of the game with under four minutes to play in the period. Edmonton’s power play remained number one in the WHL going 1 for 2 on the night.
Kootenay answered early in the second period as Jon Martin tallied the equalizer on goaltender Laurent Brossoit just three minutes in. But the visitors would re-take the lead 35 seconds later as Keegan Lowe notched his fifth of the season. The goal extended Lowe’s current goal scoring streak to three games. Wruck then added his second of the game just past the midway point of the period with a wicked backhand to make it a 3-1 Oil Kings lead.
Goaltender Mackenzie Skapski checked into the game for the Ice in the third, sparking the Kootenay offense. Griffin’s brother Sam Reinhart scored for the Ice four minutes into the period to pull Kootenay to within one. Edmonton answered quickly as Mitch Moroz was able to pick a puck out of mid air for what appeared to be a 4-2 marker. But the goal would be disallowed after review for a high stick.
Kootenay’s Luke Philp came up big for the Ice as he tallied a pair of goals less than two minutes apart to make it a 4-3 game with seven minutes to play. Oil Kings sophomore Cole Benson then tied the game with under five minutes left in the game. Benson picked up a loose puck in the slot and wired a wrist shot top shelf to tie things 4-4 with 4:39 remaining and salvage the single point.
The Kings were unable to tally in a lopsided overtime period before goals from Reinhart and Philp won the three round shootout for the home side.
Edmonton will not have to wait long for a rematch as they play the second part of this home and home against the Ice on Friday night at Rexall Place. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at OILKINGS.CA, at the Rexall Place Box Office or at Ticketmaster outlets. For more information on season seats or flex packs, call 780-414-GOAL (4625).The Oil Kings 2012-13 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.
Season Seat Holders are reminded that the Never Waste A Ticket program has changed. You may redeem any unused tickets from the start of the season through Friday, December 27th by Monday, December 31st. You’ll be able to redeem second half unused tickets from January until the end of the regular season. It is recommended that fans drop by the Ticket Office at TELUS Field during regular business hours to avoid the game day rush. You can also call an Oil Kings customer experience representative at (780) 414-GOAL (4625) to choose your games and arrange for a speedy pick-up on game day.
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The Oil Kings are offering a special Movember ticket offer available for all home games during the month of November. For $62, fans may purchase two lower bowl tickets, two Oil Kings Movember T-shirts, and a $10 donation will be made in their name towards the Movember campaign.
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