Edmonton Oil Kings (5-1-2-0) @ Moose Jaw Warriors (4-1-0-0)
It’s finally the end of the road trip for the Edmonton Oil Kings as they’ll come home after a battle with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Both teams have had hot starts to the year with only one regulation loss each. It’ll be the first time they see each other this year. Edmonton has had poor starts to games on this road trip for the most part and against a good team like Moose Jaw, they won’t get away with it.
Todd Scott will get the start for the Oil Kings in this one after coming in relief of Cossa in Regina and shutting the door completely. Scott currently holds a 3-1-2 record. Bailey Brkin will tend the net for the Warriors for the sixth time this season. Bailey has started every game for the Warriors so far this season.
Old habits die hard for the Oil Kings as early in the first period Moose Jaw strikes first, Keenan Taphorn assisted by Jadon Joseph and Carson Denomie, only 1:42 into the game giving the Warriors an early lead. Edmonton would push back though as they looked to be the better team on the ice going into the 10-minute break.
Just over 3 minutes left to play in the first period, your Oil Kings would draw even after Riley Sawchuk would put one past Brkin, assisted by Matthew Robertson and Jacson Alexander. Matthew Robertson would get his first point of the 2019-2020 season.
Matthew Robertson wouldn’t stop there, on the other side of the intermission and on the Oil Kings powerplay he’d rip a shot from the point that would find the net behind Brkin, giving the Oil Kings a 2-1 lead on his first goal of the season. Jake Neighbours and Riley Sawchuk would get the assists.
Moose Jaw would carry the play for a bit after the Oil Kings goal and get rewarded for it. Owen Hardy gets a puck past Scott for his 2nd goal of the year, assisted by Braden Miller and Cory King as we’d have a tie game halfway through the second.
The Warriors would keep riding the momentum in a heavily neutral zone controlled game as Matthew Benson would get his first career WHL goal as he puts one past Todd Scott, assisted by Eric Alarie and Jadon Joseph. That goal would give the Moose Jaw Warriors a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission with the Warriors holding a 22-17 edge in the shot clock after 40 minutes.
Edmonton absolutely laid on the Warriors in the third period, dominating them on the shot clock 18-3 by the end of it. It took 19:19 into the third period, but the Oil Kings would tie the game thanks to Liam Keeler and a bunch of banging on the crease of the Warriors. They would review the goal, but it would stand as Scott Atkinson and Wyatt McLeod would get the assists. We’d go to overtime!
Despite some good chances both ways, the Warriors would bury the game winner thanks to Jadon Joseph, assisted by Carson Denomie and David Homola as Moose Jaw would end the night with a win and move to 5-1-0-0 on the season.
Edmonton had a successful road trip, all things considered and will find themselves in a battle against the Calgary Hitmen Saturday night at Rogers Place.
Oil Kings 1/3 PP Warriors 1/2 PP
36 shots 28 shots
- Matthew Benson
- Owen Hardy
- Bailey Brkin
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