by Lisa McRitchie on 10/22/11 at 04:40 AM ET
Edmonton Oil Kings double up Portland Winterhawks 8-4
The Edmonton Oil Kings hosted the Portland Winterhawks in Rexall Place Friday night. Having been in the same building the night before when the Oilers hosted the Wild, I can say with confidence that The Oil Kings game was far more exciting, but sadly very few people enjoyed the same experience.
The Oil Kings are still a fairly new expansion team, and of course didn’t have a lot of success to start but success has been coming and this year’s team is strong, talented and exciting to watch.
With a final score of 8-4 for the Oil Kings, several players walked away with several points each, but of course none of these goals were scored by injured Oilers’ prospect Travis Ewanyk. Ewanyk is still rehabbing from a shoulder injury and subsequent shoulder surgery. Watching from the pressbox will likely become more than frustrating for the centreman who is projected to be back in the game in March.
Goals were scored by Dylan Wruck, Michael St. Croix, Ashton Sautner, Oilers’ prospect Kristians Pelss, Oilers’ prospect Martin Gernat, T.J. Foster, Stephane Legault and Ryan Dech. Dylan Wruck and Curtis Lazar each had three assists, and T.J. Foster and Michael St. Croix each had two assists. There was even a first WHL goal from defenceman Ashton Sautner.
Ashton Sautner may have been a little bit excited to have scored his first WHL goal
Dylan Wruck has been making a splash so far this season for the Oil Kings and felt that his team had the Winterhawk’s number the whole game. “They were pretty frustrated out there and we sensed that a little bit and we knew that we played good the first two and we let it slide a little bit in the third. It’s just good to get the win.”
An Oil Kings game is aimed to entertain everyone; old, young, families and singles. This game was a Friday night of half price food, every Wednesday night game is a weiner Wednesday with $2 hot dogs, and contests throughout the game can be for children to dance for their dinner, or adults for gift certificates for various items. When the Oil Kings score six or more goals, everyone in attendance receives a $10 gift certificate for Earls’ restaurant.
At various games before the 2012 IIHF World Juniors hosted by the Oil Kings and Calgary Hitmen the Oil Kings will be giving away bobbleheads featuring Oilers who have played in the World Juniors to the first 500 fans. With as popular as the Ryan Smyth bobblehead giveaway was, hopefully this may help draw more fans to the rink.
If these features or giveaways are not enough, the Oil Kings have even reduced their prices 30% this year. If you love hockey, and want to see the Oil Kings stay and have success in Edmonton, why not give an Oil Kings game a try?
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