Kamloops, BC – The Edmonton Oil Kings led through two periods of play but were unable to close out the WHL’s top team as they fell 3-2 to the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night. The much anticipated battle between the top two teams in the WHL was a back and forth affair. Edmonton carried a 2-0 lead in to the third period on the strength of goals from Oiler draft pick Kristians Pelss and 20 year old Jordan Peddle.
But for the first time this season the Oil Kings suffered a regulation loss after taking a lead into the third as Kamloops was able to rally for three unanswered goals. Matt Needham tallied with only a minute left to play in regulation as the Blazers extended their lead to five points atop the WHL standings with the comeback victory.
The Oil Kings penalty kill was 1 for 4 on the night while the Blazers did not take a penalty. Oil Kings goaltender Laurent Brossoit made 35 saves in a losing cause. The Oil Kings still remain alone atop the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 37-13-3-4 for 81 points as they continue this B.C. road trip.
Edmonton will have a quick turnaround as they move on to Kelowna tomorrow before wrapping up on Friday in Vancouver. Follow along on twitter @edmoilkings and online at oilkings.ca to keep up with YOUR team on the road. All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca
The Kings will return to the friendly confines of Rexall Place on Family Day, February 20th as they welcome Anaheim Ducks first round pick Emerson Etem and the Medicine Hat Tigers. It’s a special Family friendly 2PM puck drop with the doors opening at 1 PM and the first 500 fans at the game will receive a Devan Dubnyk World Junior Bobblehead. This bobblehead is the fourth of five World Junior Bobbleheads and the only goaltender of the set. Tickets start at just $15 bucks the best side seats are $20 bucks! Tickets are on sale now at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at oilkings.ca, OR by calling 414-GOAL.
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Don’t forget that with only two Bobblehead nights remaining the only way to guarantee your choice of a Gagner, Hall, Eberle, Dubnyk or Smyth Team Canada Bobblehead is by purchasing the 8 Ticket Flex pack presented by the TEAM 1260!