Oil Kings Take 5-3 Pre-Season Win

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St.Albert, AB, September 2, 2012 (ISN) – The Edmonton Oil Kings bounced back from a tough loss on Saturday with a 5-3 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday. The win came in the final game of the 6th Annual Pre-Season Invitational presented by Elite Sportswear & Awards held at Servus Credit Union Place.

Edmonton jumped out to an early lead just 42 seconds into the game with a goal by rookie Brent Pollock. Pollock buried a low snap shot on Red Deer goaltender Bolton Pouliot for his first point of the pre-season. The Oil Kings continued to press as rookie Brandon Baddock tallied from the slot off of a nice feed from veteran Klarc Wilson to extend the lead to 2-0. Red Deer would come to life later in the first with a pair of goals 1:03 apart by Connor Bleckley and Trace Elson. Elson’s came on a power play to tie the game 2-2 at 12:27 of the first frame.

Several Oil Kings veterans saw their first action of the 2012 Pre-Season including 20-year old T.J. Foster and 19-year old Michael St.Croix. Both Foster and St.Croix would assist on each other’s goals in the second period as the Oil Kings took a 4-2 lead into the third.

A Red Deer tally late in the final frame would pull them within striking distance. But the Edmonton defense was able to hold off the Rebels attack with goaltender Tristan Jarry making 18 saves on 21 shots. Rookie Brandon Ralph would bury an empty netter to seal the deal as the defending WHL Champions skated to a 5-3 win.

The Oil Kings preseason roster was shortened by two as 15-year olds Patrick Dea and Andrew Koep were reassigned to AAA midget. This leaves the roster at 30 going into the week as Edmonton prepares for back to pack preseason games against the Prince George Cougars next weekend. Following the road trip to B.C. Edmonton will take on Red Deer in Lacombe, AB to finish the pre-season.

All Oil Kings regular season single game tickets are ON SALE NOW! This includes all tickets for the Banner Raising Home Opener Thursday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m. against the Kootenay Ice. Fans can be a part of history as the Oil Kings raise their first WHL Championship banner to the rafters of Rexall Place. The first 7500 fans at the game will receive a commemorative replica WHL Championship Mini Banner!

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Tickets are available at OILKINGS.CA, at the Rexall Place Box Office or at Ticketmaster outlets. For more information on season seats or flex packs, call 780-414-GOAL (4625). The Oil Kings 2012-13 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.