Decemeber 10, 2012, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The Oil Kings Team Canada connection made an impact as Edmonton posted a 4-2 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday.
Captain Griffin Reinhart tallied a goal and two assists to lead the Kings to their first victory over the Hitmen this season. Laurent Brossoit finished his night with 29 saves to raise his record to 12-4-2-3. Both Reinhart and Brossoit were playing their last game before their departure to Team Canada U20 selection camp this week in Calgary.
After a slow start things picked up in this Battle of Alberta match up just three minutes in as Mitch Moroz took on 6’4 228 pound Alex Roach. The effort from Moroz did not go unnoticed as the Oil Kings stepped up their play drawing a penalty for their first power play of the night. Reinhart used a great screen from Curtis Lazar as he blasted home his fourth of the season from the point. The New York Islanders first round pick remains the anchor on the Oil Kings blue line, leading the team with a plus-9 rating.
Edmonton continued to pour it on to end the period as Stephane Legault made a perfect tip in front of the net on a Cody Corbett wrist shot. Legault’s third of the season made it a 2-0 game with under two minutes to play in the first.
Edmonton would carry the momentum in the second period out shooting the Hitmen 8-3 and holding the two goal lead. The Kings took a penalty to end the second as the best penalty kill in the WHL killed a key power play to start the third. Both teams stepped up the pace with plenty of back and forth play through the first half of the period.
Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick Henrik Samuelsson then added his 14th of the season on a power play midway through the final period. The Kings power play was a perfect 2 for 2 on the night while holding the Hitmen to 0 for 4 with the man advantage.
But the Hitmen came storming back as they pulled their goaltender and posted a pair of goals from Cody Sylvester and Roach with three minutes to play. The visiting Oil Kings would perservere as Dylan Wruck out worked Roach to a loose puck and tucked in an empty net goal to cement the 4-2 win. With the win the Oil Kings record moved to 19-7-2-3 on the season as they tie the Hitmen with 43 points atop the Central division standings.
The Kings will now make their return to the friendly confines on Wednesday, December 12 in another marquee WHL matchup. The Oil Kings will have their third and final regular season meeting with the Western Conference leading Kamloops Blazers. These teams split their first two meetings with the Kings taking a 2-1 win in Kamloops on November 6th. Kamloops is currently ranked 4th in the CHL Top Ten and continues to battle Portland for top spot in the WHL.
Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday. 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). All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca. The Oil Kings 2012-13 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.
It is recommended that fans drop by the Ticket Office at TELUS Field during regular business hours to avoid the game day rush. You can also call an Oil Kings customer experience representative at (780) 414-GOAL (4625) to choose your games and arrange for a speedy pick-up on game day.
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