November 7, 2012, Kelowna, BC – The Edmonton Oil Kings had their opportunities but were unable to pull out a third straight win as they fell 3-2 to the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday night.
Rookie Stephen Shmoorkoff and veteran Travis Ewanyk scored the Oil Kings goals. The loss drops the Oil Kings record to 11-5-1-2 on the season as they remain third in WHL Eastern Conference. With the win, the Rockets extended their winning streak to four games and won their fifth straight game at Prospera Place.
The Kings opened the scoring just 4:38 into the game as Shmoorkoff tallied his 1st WHL goal. Curtis Lazar drew defense away from the Edmonton local who pinched into the zone and sniped a shot top shelf to make it 1-0. Kelowna bounced back with two quick goals before the midway point of the first off the sticks of Tyson Baillie and Henrik Nyberg.
Ewanyk found an equalizer just 24 seconds into the second period with a shot from the slot for his fourth of the year. Mitch Moroz and Klarc Wilson put in the work down below the goal before making a nice feed to Ewanyk who made it a 2-2 game.
Rourke Chartier notched the game winner for the Rockets early in the third off a loose puck in the Oil Kings slot. Oil Kings goaltender Laurent Brossoit came up with some huge saves, including a pair of partial breakaways to keep it close in the third. Edmonton out shot Kelowna 27-23 on the night but could not find an equalizer despite a late surge.
The Edmonton penalty kill lived up to it’s number one ranking holding the Rockets to 0 for 5 with the man advantage. The Kings penalty kill has not allowed a power play goal in their last four games going a perfect 21 for 21 over that span.
Jackson Whistle earned his second straight win in net for the Rockets, making 25 saves including three in a frantic final seconds as the Rockets held on for the victory.
“I felt pretty good,” said Whistle on SHAW TV’s post game show when asked about the final seconds. “I didn’t have much time to think so I just reacted as best as I could.”
The win improved the Rockets to 11-6-1-1 including a 6-2-0-0 mark at home.
Edmonton was playing their second game in 24 hours after a 2-1 win over the Kamloops Blazers on Tuesday. Their six game road trip will finally wrap up with back to back games on Friday and Saturday in Prince George.
Kelowna will host the Red Deer Rebels on Friday night at Prospera Place where 5,086 fans took in Wednesday’s game.
Tickets are available for the game through www.selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by calling 250-762-5050.