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.
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
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.
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.
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
EDM vs RD
Sunday, September 24 @ 4:00 PM