Edmonton Oil Kings (2-1-1-0) @ Swift Current Broncos (1-2-0-0)
It’s the first regular-season matchup between the Swift Current Broncos and the Edmonton Oil Kings as the Oil Kings start a five-game Saskatchewan/Manitoba beginning in Swift Current. Edmonton comes in after a loss on Sunday afternoon against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Swift Current is trying to correct their early-season woes, they are recently coming off of a 10-1 shelling to the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Todd Scott will get the nod in net as the Oil Kings have been riding him early in this season so far as he gets his fourth start in a row. He will be staring down Isaac Poulter who is also in his fourth game and would get leaned on by the Broncos once again.
It’s starting to become a trend, the Oil Kings have slow starts this year and tonight’s game isn’t any different. The Broncos would strike first 11:05 into the first period as Ben King would find the back of the net behind Scott, assisted by Joona Kivinlemi putting the Oil Kings behind early. It wouldn’t end there, 49 seconds later Joona Kivinlemi off the rush, puts one past Scott and gives the Broncos a 2-0 lead with 8:06 left to play in the first period.
Edmonton would luckily get some momentum before the end of the period as Vladimir Alistrov would get his second of the year with 2:35 left in the first period. Jacson Alexander and Keagan Slaney tallied the assists on this one as the Oil Kings would cut the lead in half into the intermission.
The Oil Kings have had weak first periods this year, but their second periods have been equally as strong as they would outshoot the Broncos 15-7 in the second period. Carter Souch found the back of the nets thanks to assists from Dylan Guenther and Wyatt McLeod.
Swift Current wouldn’t go quietly into the night as they would push back a couple of minutes later. Brecon Wood takes a pass from Tyler Smithies and buries it by Scott giving the Broncos the lead right back, as they would play with a lead most of the game.
10 minutes later, Carter Souch would pot his second of the game, unassisted as the two teams would skate into the intermission tied up at 3 despite the Oil Kings dominating the period.
The third period from face value looked like two teams that came into the third period tied and didn’t want to make a mistake and lose the game, a very tentative, low shot total third period despite the Oil Kings getting a later powerplay. It didn’t amount too much, good sticks in the lane and shot-blocking by the Broncos would carry this game into the end of regulation all tied up. The Oil Kings and the Broncos will both go to overtime for the second time this year. Edmonton lost earlier in the season to Calgary in overtime, while the Broncos in their home opener would defeat Calgary in overtime.
The Broncos would get the first real good opportunity of the overtime after an Oil King turnover in the offense zone lead to a 3-on-1 the other way, luckily Ben King received the pass on his backend as the net was wide open for the one-timer.
Under one minute to play in overtime, barely, the Broncos would end this game off a Connor Horning seeing-eye wrist shot from between the dots assisted by Ethan Regnier and Ben King. Giving the Broncos a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings with 57.9 seconds remaining in overtime.
Edmonton would start the five-game road trip off with their second overtime loss of the season as they are a team that needs to find a way to get better starts. The Broncos move back to .500 as they win their second overtime game of the year.
The Oil Kings will look to put this game behind them beginning Friday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba as the newly relocated Winnipeg Ice will look to defend their barn.
- Connor Horning
- Ben King
- Joona Kivinlemi
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