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Oil Kings Drop Season Opener to Rebels

The Edmonton Oil Kings looked a little tentative to start the season falling behind to the Red Deer Rebels 4-0 before clawing back in it thanks to a pair of goals from Andrei Pavlenko. However the Rebels were too much to handle scoring three more times to win the first of a home-and-home 7-3 Saturday night.

BOX SCORE

Trey Fix-Wolanksy had three assists and Will warm had two helpers. Davis Koch scored the other Edmonton goal in the loss. Travis Child, despite surrendering seven, made at least a dozen high end saves giving his team a chance.

OIL KINGS 3 @ REBELS 7

SOG:                      Oil Kings 33         Rebels 43

PP:                         Oil Kings 1/6       Rebels  2/3

GOALS:

Pavlenko (1,2)

Koch (1)

ASSISTS:

Fix-Wolansky 3

Warm 2

GOALTENDERS:

Child (36/43)

 SAVE OF THE GAME:

Which one to choose from Travis Child? Perhaps his best was late in the first the Oil Kings had the man advantage but Grayson Pawlenchuk was sprung in on a breakaway. Child got a piece of the shot keeping it 1-0 at that point.

TURNING POINT:

The Oil Kings, while killing a penalty, cleared the puck but it takes a crazy bounce landing right on Grayson Pawlenchuk’s stick in front of the net for an easy goal. That made it 5-2 for the Rebels.

PLAY OF THE GAME:

Midway through the second the Oil Kings were on the powerplay and the Rebels’ Akash Bains – while on his knees – makes a nice pass to Reese Johnson, who buries it past Child making it 3-0 Red Deer.

UNSUNG HEROES:

Andrei Pavlenko was dazzling all game scoring two goals and having a chance at a couple others. Scott Atkinson showed some speed and tenacity all night long and had three shots on net.

3 STARS (as chosen by Rebels Radio):

1.) Grayson Pawlenchuk – Rebels

2.) Kristian Reichel – Rebels

3.) Alexander Alexeyev – Rebels

UP NEXT:

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EDM vs RD

Sunday, September 24 @ 4:00 PM

Rogers Place

 

 

 

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