Edmonton Oil Kings (2-1-2-0) @ Winnipeg ICE (3-1-1-0)
Edmonton will get their first look at the newly relocated Winnipeg ICE tonight as they continue their Saskatchewan/Manitoba road trip. This is the second of five games on this road trip as Edmonton fell 4-3 to Swift Current in overtime. Edmonton comes into Winnipeg technically on a three gaming losing streak, however, they did get a point in two of those games. Winnipeg has had a solid start to the season going 3-1-1 as they are still getting acclimated to their new home.
Sebastian Cossa will get his first regular-season WHL start as Edmonton goes a different direction for the first time in five games. He’ll be across from Will Gurski who is getting his second career WHL start after getting a 5-2 victory in his first career start on the 29th against Regina.
Edmonton has had terrible starts to games so far this year, however, they are 1-0-1 when scoring first. They would find the first goal in this one as Liam Keeler takes a Wyatt McLeod pass and roofs it over Gurski giving the Oil Kings a 1-0 lead 2:39 in the game.
They would keep their foot on the gas pedal as Josh Williams finds the back of the net as well, with some help from the bar. Jacson Alexander would get the assist on the Williams marker giving the Oil Kings a quick 2-0 lead over Winnipeg.
No mercy as Edmonton quickly makes it a 3-0 lead on a two-on-one rush, Vladimir Alistrov slides the puck across the crease and it looks like Scott Atkinson got a stick on it. Winnipeg takes their 30-second timeout as they are down 3-0 before the 10-minute break. Edmonton would skate their 3-0 lead into the first intermission. 14-13 shots in favor of the ICE.
The Oil Kings would run themselves into some penalty problems in the second period as both Keeler and Atkinson would find themselves in the box in the first half of the period. Edmonton would successfully kill both penalties. Edmonton would be the first team to find the back of the net in the second period as Conner McDonald would score unassisted to make it 4-0 Oil Kings.
David Kope coming off of a two-game suspension would make his way onto the scoresheet as well, as he would find Riley Sawchuk who would put it past Gurski. The goal would be reviewed quickly, but it would stand and give the Oil Kings a 5-0 lead with 5:26 left in the second. They would skate their 5-0 lead into the second intermission. Edmonton holds a huge lead despite being outshot 32-26 after two periods in a high flying game.
This game is simply all Oil Kings as they would keep the foot on the gas in the third. Scott Atkinson and Jake Neighbours would pot goals giving the Oil Kings a 7-0 lead halfway through the third period.
Most importantly, the Oil Kings would hold onto the 7-0 lead and preserve the shutout for Cossa who would get his first WHL shutout in his first WHL game and get back into the win column.
Shots 37-32 in favor of the Winnipeg ICE
Oil Kings 0/2 PP ICE 0/5 PP
- Sebastian Cossa
- Josh Williams
- Jakin Smallwood
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