Brandon Wheat Kings

Edmonton, AB — The Brandon Wheat Kings kicked off this weekend’s 3-game Alberta road trip on a losing note Thursday night.

The Edmonton Oil Kings erupted for five goals in a span of just over seven minutes in the second period en route to a 7-3 victory over the Wheat Kings, who will travel to Red Deer to meet the Rebels on Friday night.

T.J. Foster scored twice and set up two others for the Oil Kings, who ran their impressive season high win streak to eight games and moved into sole posession of top spot in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

“I thought we started turning pucks over and when you do that against a team like this, and you’re chasing the puck all night, it’s tough,” Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie told Bruce Luebke on CKLQ’s post-game show, “The next shift after a goal, we call it a bump-up shift, and it’s very important. When we scored to make it 2-1, our next shift was real good with the young guys. When they made it 2-2, we just weren’t the same after that.”

Stephane Legault, Griffin Reinhart, Dylan Wruck, Rhett Rachinski and former Wheat King Klarc Wilson rounded out the scoring for the winners while Rene Hunter, Ayrton Nikkel and Brenden Walker replied for the Wheat Kings, who have now lost six of their last 9 games and remain in third place in the Eastern Division with a record of 18-12-1-1.

Laurent Brossoit turned aside 25 shots to pick up the win for Edmonton while the netminding tandem of Brandon Anderson and Corbin Boes stopped 36 of 43 in the Brandon net.

The Wheat Kings will have left-winger Michael Ferland back in the lineup on Friday after he served the third and final game of his WHL suspension Thursday. However, he and captain Mark Stone will be leaving the club on Saturday to attend the National Junior Selection Camp in Calgary.

Following Friday’s game, the Wheat Kings will play the Hitmen in Calgary on Sunday before returning home for games on Tuesday and Friday nights against the visiting Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers.

Tickets for both games are on sale at the Keystone Box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca