The Edmonton Oil Kings gave the Prince Albert Raiders everything they could in Game 1. The Raiders who are the second-ranked team in the entire CHL held onto a 1 goal lead for roughly half of Game 1 and were able to get the win in a closely contested battle. We now head into Game 2 where the Oil Kings will be looking to take away home-ice advantage from the Raiders and bring the series back to Edmonton tied at 1’s. However, to do that, they will have to solve Ian Scott which hasn’t been easy for anybody these playoffs. The Raiders have allowed 16 goals in 11 games and 6 of those goals came in one game. Scott and Myskiw will get the starts in Game 2 as it’s expected to be that way for the remainder of the series.
Once again we have a sold-out barn in Prince Albert as it’s standing room only in the Art Hauser Centre.
Noah Gregor would open the scoring for the Raiders as he would score his fifth goal of the postseason only 3:29 into the game. Edmonton hasn’t exactly been playing bad early, Gregor just walked in and wristed one by Myskiw. I imagine Myskiw would’ve liked that one back.
Prince Albert would add another one off a 2-on-2 rush. Jakob Brook would find Justin Nachbaur all by himself on the right side of the net and he’d rip it by Myskiw giving the Raiders a 2-0 lead 6:55 into Game 2.
Edmonton would catch a break as Sean Montgomery would take a holding penalty with 7:47 left in the first period, giving the Oil Kings a chance to get back into this game. Loschiavo would get absolutely robbed by a sprawling Scott on a one-timer from “Ovechkin’s” spot. Finally, Matthew Robertson would get the Oil Kings on the board in this series as he would simply throw a wrist shot on net from the point that would find a way through.
The Oil Kings would get another opportunity on the powerplay as Jeremy Masella would take down Andrew Fyten in front of the net. Andrew Fyten would get the last laugh though as he would tip in a Matthew Robertson point shot tying the game with 29 seconds left in the first period. Only 30 seconds left in the second, that would be the end of all the action. Edmonton would have a shot clock advantage of 10-8 and would fight from two down to tie the game before the end of the first.
The Oil Kings who are currently 2-for-2 on the powerplay would get another chance as Josh Williams would get dragged down on a partial breakaway. Spencer Moe would go to the box for hooking, even though it was a pretty blatant trip. A couple of good shots on net, but nothing doing for the Oil Kings on this powerplay as they fall to 2-for-3 on the night. The two teams would trade back and forth penalties with powerplays that didn’t amount to anything as the second period has been pretty back and forth in the neutral zone.
Not much to talk about in this period, it’s hard to write a recap when no goals happen! Prince Alberta and Edmonton would skate a back and forth period with no real scoring opportunities. Myskiw had to make a desperation save on a deflected shot with 30.3 seconds left in the period, but other than that he really wasn’t tested.
Edmonton would come into overtime playing their 4th overtime game of the postseason, they currently are 3-0 in the previous 3 games. Prince Albert has not played in an overtime game yet this postseason. Edmonton will have the experience advantage in this one.
Good chances on both ends so far as Myskiw stops a Raider literally right on the doorstep as he was all alone. Edmonton would now be in it’s longest game of the postseason as all the previous overtimes ended before the 3:30 mark.
The Oil Kings do it! Jake Neighbours goes upstairs on Scott from the leftwing boards. Edmonton leaves Prince Albert with the split that they needed. We’ll see you in Ice District for Games 3 & 4. You can get your tickets at www.oilkings.ca!
Three Stars of the Game:
3rd – Matthew Robertson
2nd – Jakob Brook
1st – Jake Neighbours