Regina, SK – Edmonton Oilers draft pick Cameron Abney scored a pair of goals and added an assist, and the teams squared off in a second period line brawl, as the Edmonton Oil Kings beat up on the Regina Pats 7-3 at the Brandt Centre in Regina on Friday.
The Oil Kings erupted for four goals in the second period of Friday night’s wild affair, and with 20 seconds to go in the middle frame, six game misconducts were handed out when the teams duked it out in a line brawl that included the opposing goaltenders.
As positive as the end result was for the visiting Oil Kings, the game started on a rough note, as Carter Ashton made it 1-0 Pats just 17 seconds into the game. Edmonton responded quickly, though, as Abney picked off a pass in the Pats’ zone and deked to his backhand to tie it up two and a half minutes later.
The middle frame started almost exactly the way the opening period started, as Mitch Bell put the Pats up 2-1 just 28 seconds in. But it was all Oil Kings from that point on in the second, as Michael St. Croix, Klarc Wilson, Colton Stephenson and Abney all scored to give the visitors a commanding 5-2 cushion.
Chaos ensued with 20 seconds left in the frame, as some pushing and shoving in front of the Regina net turned into a an all-out brawl, as the teams duked it out four-on-four. The highlight of the scraps was the goalie fight between Regina’s Damien Ketlo and Edmonton’s Cam Lanigan, with each netminder proving they could do a lot more than just stop pucks.
Lanigan, Braeden Laroque, Jesse Pearson and Klarc Wilson all received fighting majors for the Oil Kings, while Ketlo, Bell, Trent Oulette and Garrett Mitchell dropped the gloves for the Pats. Wilson and Mitchell were the first to fight and avoided getting game misconducts, and Wilson also fought with Ashton seven minutes into the third period.
Compared to the second period, the third was rather uneventful, as Josh Lazowski and Jordan Hickmott scored the Oil Kings’ sixth and seventh goals, and Jordan Weal scored for the Pats, making the final 7-3 for Edmonton.
Abney, who was drafted by the Oilers in the third round in 2009 and recently returned from the NHL club’s training camp, also assisted on Stephenson’s goal to round out his three-point night. Travis Ewanyk and Mike Piluso each had a pair of assists to record the team’s the other two multi-point performances.
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The Oil Kings, who outshot the Pats 43-22 on the night, are now 2-2 on the 2010-11 WHL season, and they’ll look to make it three straight wins on Sunday when they return home to Rexall Place to take on the 1-2 Moose Jaw Warriors at 2 p.m.
The first 5,000 fans through the doors on Sunday receive an Oil Kings magnetic schedule, and it’s also an Autograph Sunday, where there will be a full-team autograph session after the game.
Individual game tickets for all Oil Kings home games are on sale now and start at just $15 in the ATB Financial Zone. Season seats start at less than $9 per game, with the addition of some new Mini-Packs and Flex Plans this season as well.Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at oilkings.ca, or by calling 780-414-GOAL (4625).