Kelowna, BC – After 65 minutes and an 8 round shootout the Edmonton Oil Kings walked away with a single point as they suffered a 2-1 shootout loss to the Rockets in Friday night WHL action from Kelowna. Kristians Pelss gave the Oil Kings an early lead scoring the lone Oil Kings goal in the first on the power play as Pelss skated the puck to the top of the faceoff circle and fired a wrist shot past goaltender Jordon Cooke. The Rockets would answer back however with a goal from Colton Sissons to make it a 1-1 game. That score would hold true despite some glorious chances on both side of the puck as the game turned into a goaltender’s duel. Both sides had 5 on 3 power plays, breakway chances and shorthanded opportunites but neither could get the edge over the other in regulation or in overtime.
The Oil Kings special teams were solid as the power play was 1 for 5 while for the second game in a row Edmonton did not allow a power play goal against holding the Rockets to 0 for 6 with the man advantage. Oil Kings goaltender Laurent Brossoit was sharp all night posting 23 saves including some game savers down the stretch. But Kelowna goaltender Jordon Cooke was the man with the hot hand as he stymied the Oil Kings offense again and again including five opportunities in the shootout for the Kings to end the game with the win. The shootout loss drops the Oil Kings record to 11-6-1-2 on the year with 25 points.
Edmonton concludes their four game in five night road trip tomorrow against the B.C. division leading Kamloops Blazers. Puck drop is set for 8:00 MST. All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca and fans note that tomorrow night’s matchup against the Giants will be broadcast live as the Shaw WHL Game of the Week.
The Oil Kings will make their return to Rexall Place on November 18th for Military Night presented by ATB Financial. Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Smyth, Sam Gagner and Devan Dubnyk will be in attendance as the Edmonton Oil Kings take on the Prince Albert Raiders. These five Edmonton Oilers are featured in the Oil Kings World Junior Bobblehead series and all have Canadian Hockey League and World Junior Hockey Championship experience. Smyth (1995), Dubnyk (2006), Gagner (2007), Eberle (2009/2010) and Hall (2010). Any fan with a ticket to the game will automatically be entered to win a chance to attend a private meet and greet with these five amazing players.
Oil Kings hockey is Edmonton’s best family entertainment value. The 2011-12 season of Oil Kings hockey is presented by Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Canada and features new reduced pricing with great seats starting at just $15 and premium seating locations starting at just $20.
Oil Kings tickets are available online at OilKings.ca, via phone at 780-414-GOAL or at any Ticketmaster outlet.