Calgary, AB – It was a wild west shootout in the second round of the “Battle of Alberta” as the Oil Kings dropped a 6-5 overtime decision to the Hitmen on Thankgiving Sunday. In a back and forth battle TJ Foster put on a show as he tallied the first four goal game in Oil Kings modern franchise history.
Edmonton fell behind early off a fluke goal by Hitmen defenseman Alex Roach. Roach had a dump in take an odd bounce and find the net off an Oil Kings player. But the Oil Kings would respond on the power play just minutes later as Foster walked a puck out from the corner and wired a shot from the slot to tie things up 1-1. The overage 20 year old then created a great chance while shorthanded with a great move on Brooks Macek but couldn’t tally to extend the Oil Kings lead.
Things would remain tied 1-1 until the Hitmen regained the lead on a screened shot by Brady Brassart midway through the second. Foster immediately replied for the Oil Kings as he burned two Hitmen up the right side and put a shot upstairs to tie the game 2-2. Late in the period Foster wheeled and buried a shot from the right side faceoff dot to register his third career WHL hat trick.
Edmonton carried the 3-2 lead into the third where Cody Sylvester tied things up once again. But it was Foster who answered back less than a minute later for his franchise best fourth goal of the game to make it 4-3. The hometown Hitmen would then respond with a pair of goals to take a 5-4 lead midway through the period.
A wild finish saw the Oil Kings on a power play in final minutes. Michael St.Croix tallied an equalizer with 41 seconds remaining to force the overtime period. But a penalty in OT would lead to the game winner for Calgary with under a minute to play in extra time.
Oil Kings goaltender Laurent Brossoit posted a 26 save performance as the Oil Kings record dropped to 4-2-1-0 on the season. The Kings power play went 2 for 3 while the penalty kill held the Hitmen to 1 for 7 on the day. The single point combined with the 4-1 win over Saskatoon on Saturday means the Oil Kings took three of a possible four points in the past 24 hours.
Next up the team will have a midweek road game as they take on the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday night. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. from the Medicine Hat Arena, all games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca
The Oil Kings next home game is set for Friday, October 12th when these same Calgary Hitmen make their return to Rexall Place for the second time this season. It’s Championship ring night as the team is giving away 1000 replica rings to the first 1000 fans. Remember the only way to guarantee one of these rings today is with the purchase of the all new 8 Ticket Flex Pack.
Note that game time for this Oil Kings home game on Friday, October 12th against the Hitmen has been changed to 7:30 p.m. Doors will still open 1 hour prior to puck drop for the general public.
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.