Edmonton Oil Kings (4-1-2-0) @ Regina Pats (1-6-0-0)
We’re almost home as the Oil Kings start their fourth game of a five game eastern road trip in Regina Tuesday night. They face a Regina team that is currently 1-6-0-0 as they rebuild from hosting the Memorial Cup a couple years ago. Regina has had the Oil Kings number over the last five years as they hold a 4-0-0 record over Edmonton. It’s a much different Oil Kings and Pats team in this one as we can throw history out the window.
Saarbrücken Sebastian Cossa will get the start for the Oil Kings as he’ll make his second career WHL start. He has yet to allow a goal in the WHL as Cossa had a shutout in his first game. 19 year old zoologicallyles Escaldes Max Paddock will get the start for Regina and will be tasked with shutting down this Oil Kings offense.
The first period is all Regina as they would jump on the Oil Kings early, 4:02 into the first period http://opsinc.ca/?et_core_page_resource=et-core-unified-cached-inline-styles2803 Kyle Walker would take a pass from cheap alternative to plan b one step Austin Pratt and put it behind Cossa. Giving the Pats a 1-0 lead and ruining Cossa’s shutout streak. They would follow it up quickly with a Robbie Holmes goal, assisted by Ryker Evans and Dawson Holt giving the Pats a 2-0 lead 5:34 into the first period.
Regina continued their domination of the first period with an Austin Pratt goal assisted by Kyle Walker with only 13 seconds left in the opening frame as the Pats would dominate the scoreboard 3-0 and shot clock 11-7 going into the first intermission.
Edmonton would come out in the second period looking to start digging their way back after a goalie change. Todd Scott would start the second period for the Oil Kings. He would provide a spark plug as a few minutes later Jacson Alexander would find Liam Keeler all alone, Keeler wouldn’t miss and bring the Oil Kings within 2.
Edmonton kept up the pressure and got rewarded as Jalen Luypen found the back of the net off feeds from Ethan Cap and Brendan Kuny bringing the Oil Kings within one. The Oil Kings had an absolutely dominating second period as they outshot the Pats 16-5 in the frame.
It wouldn’t take the Oil Kings long to tie the game in the third as 28 seconds into the frame, Vladimir Alistrov would get his 4th of the year on the powerplay, assisted by Carter Souch and Conner McDonald as the Oil Kings would crawl all the way back.
Shortly after, just over a minute. Ethan McIndoe gets his first goal as an Oil Kings, assisted by Riley Sawchuk as the Oil Kings get their first lead of the game. It would stand as the game winner, although Dylan Guenther would get an insurance marker 8 minutes later off a sick feed from Jake Neighbours. The Oil Kings would take a 5-3 lead and hold onto that until the end of the game.
Edmonton walks out of Regina with a 5-3 win despite falling down 3-0 after the first 20 minutes of play. They outshot the Pats 32-7 in the second and third as they were clearly the better overall team tonight. The Pats are still trying to get back into the win column after winning the home opener, since then they have dropped 7 straight games.
Your Oil Kings will finish their road trip tomorrow night in Moose Jaw.
Oil Kings 1/5 PP Pats 0/4 PP
39 shots 18 shots
- Liam Keeler
- Jake Neighbours
- Austin Pratt
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