Edmonton Oil Kings (3-1-2-0) @ Brandon Wheat Kings (2-3-0-0)
The Edmonton Oil Kings come into Brandon, Manitoba riding high after a 7-0 win over the Winnipeg ICE last night, this is the third game out of their 5 game road trip as we are officially over the halfway point of the trip. Edmonton will be seeing Brandon for the first time in this new campaign. Brandon has had Edmonton’s number in the last 5 years as they’ve put a 5-2-1 record over the Oil Kings in that time span.
Todd Scott would once again get his number called as this is the second game of a back-to-back despite Sebastian Cossa getting his first WHL shutout last night. He will be looking at Ethan Kruger all night, as Brandon also elected to go with a different goalie than last night. Both Sebastian Cossa and Jiri Patera had 40 save shutouts on Friday night but would watch the game from the bench tonight.
Brandon came out exactly how you want a home team to start a game, they ended up outshooting the Oil Kings 14-9 in a scoreless period which saw the Wheat Kings get two powerplay opportunities, as well as the Oil Kings, getting an opportunity on the powerplay, neither team could find the back of the net as we’d skate to a scoreless tie into the intermission.
The second period would continue with the penalty trend as we would have 7 different penalties before the Oil Kings would crack the scoreboard. The Oil Kings on the powerplay would find the back of the net thanks to David Kope, who would put one past Kruger thanks to the assist from Ethan McIndoe. That would be Ethan McIndoe‘s first point as an Oil King since getting acquired. Edmonton would take a 1-0 lead into the second intermission, even though they would trail on the shot clock 30-20.
Edmonton and Brandon would start the third period with not many chances, a lot of neutral zone hockey. The Oil Kings would score on the first shot of the period, 7:28 into the third as Scott Atkinson would bang in the rebound off of a Vladimir Alistrov shot, Ethan Cap would get the second assist and give the Oil Kings a 2-0 lead with 12:32 left in the game.
Brandon would get their chance to get back into the game with 3:38 remaining in the game after a Dylan Guenther tripping minor. The Wheat Kings would take their time out to start the powerplay. Halfway through the powerplay, Liam Keeler intercepts a pass and goes on a partial breakaway but would get denied by Kruger as he keeps the Wheat Kings in it. Brandon would find the back of the net with 8 seconds left to go in the minor penalty, Chad Nychuk would creep in from the point and rip it by Scott. Cole Reinhardt and Lynden McCallum would get the assists.
Ethan Cap would take a tripping penalty with 43 seconds left in the game, the Wheat Kings would pull the goalie and be 6-on-4 for the entire powerplay. However, the Oil Kings would hold on and take a 2-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings. They will now continue their road trip Tuesday night in Regina as they take on the Regina Pats.
Shots 40-33 in favor of the Brandon Wheat Kings
Oil Kings 1/3 PP Wheat Kings 1/7 PP
- Todd Scott
- Scott Atkinson
- Cole Reinhardt
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