Edmonton Oil Kings (7-1-3-0) @ Red Deer Rebels (4-5-0-0)
Edmonton walks into Red Deer for their third meeting against the Rebels on the still young season, currently holding a 2-0 record over Red Deer in the past two meetings they will look to continue their heart start. On the other side of the ice, the Red Deer Rebels are having an underwhelming start to the season as they are still a team trying to find their identity. Red Deer is coming off an absolute shelling by the Medicine Hat Tigers to a tune of 9-1 while Edmonton is coming into tonight off the back of their first shootout win of the season over the Portland Winterhawks.
Sebastian Cossa gets the nod for the Oil Kings for the second game in a row as they look to give Todd Scott some rest, while Ethan Anders will face the Oil Kings for the third time this season, he hasn’t had much luck against them so far, maybe tonight is the night that turns around.
For the most part this season, Edmonton has had very slow starts to games. Well they didn’t in this one as they quickly jump on Red Deer thanks to a Riley Sawchuk goal, assisted by David Kope and Jake Neighbours.
In a period absolutely dominated by the Oil Kings as they ended the period with a 17-6 shot clock advantage. Edmonton would pot two more past Anders, Jaylen Luypen and Josh Williams would find the back of the net and give the Edmonton Oil Kings a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
It’s nice to see the Oil Kings finally get a good start on the road as they haven’t really had a good start since the Winnipeg Ice game.
The Red Deer Rebels close the gap a little bit in the second period when it comes to puck control, the Oil Kings still the better team in this one though, 5:16 into the second period. Vladimir Alistrov finds the back of the net past Anders, Scott Atkinson and Josh Williams would get the assists and give the Oil Kings a 4-0 lead early in the second.
Keep piling on seems to be the Oil Kings motto tonight, 1:03 later Matthew Robertson sends a seeing eye wrist shot on net on the powerplay that would get past Anders. That goal would chase Anders out of the net, effectively ending his night after allowing 5 goals on 23 shots. Byron Fancy would replace Anders. Oddly enough, this is his third time playing against the Oil Kings, all three times have come in relief.
The home team would put a chink into the Oil Kings armor, Chase Leslie would score his first goal of the season, assisted by Zak Smith and Ethan Sakowich. That’s all they would get this period as the Oil Kings take a 5-1 lead into the second intermission with a 29-15 shot advantage over the Rebels.
Very uneventful third period, both teams looked like they wanted the game to simply end, as is usual in a blowout. Surprisingly, the game wasn’t very chippy. Edmonton had two chances on the powerplay thanks to Mason Ward and Chris Douglas taking minors, but they weren’t able to capitalize on either of them. Edmonton is currently operating on a 20.93% powerplay this season, but it’s very streaky.
Byron Fancy in relief would turn away all 16 shots from the Oil Kings, while Sebastian Cossa in a very quiet night would turn away 21 of 22 Rebels shots for his second win of the season. Edmonton would hold onto a 5-1 lead and beat the Rebels for the third time this year.
Powerplay and Shots
1/5 PP0/5 PP
39 shots 22 shots
- Riley Sawchuk
- Chase Leslie
- Josh Williams
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