Oil Kings Fall to Visiting Rebels
December 30, 2022 – Western Hockey League (WHL) – Edmonton Oil Kings press release
Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Oil Kings opened their three-game home stand Friday night at the Rogers with a 6-2 loss to the Red Deer Rebels.
In the first half, the Rebels took a 1-0 lead just before halftime of the frame after Jayden Grubbe cleared a rebound in front of the Edmonton net following a Matteo Fabrizi point shot.
The Oil Kings were able to respond with an equalizer just over five minutes later after Noah Boyko took a Cross-Ice backdoor pass from Rilen Kovacevic and slammed it into the back of the Red Deer net on an Edmonton power play.
It looked like the Oil Kings and Rebels would go into the first break with a tie, but two late goals from the visitors would change that thought.
First Fabrizi snuck a point shot through a crowd of bodies in front of Kolby Hay to restore the Rebels’ lead with just over a minute to go and then, with just 43 seconds left on the clock, Jace Isley scored a shorthand on a hot- Shot from the left circle of the Edmonton Zone.
In the second half, the Rebels extended their lead just two minutes later when league’s top scorer Kai Uchacz tapped in a pass from Christoffer Sedoff for his 30th of the year.
Kovacevic halved Red Deer’s lead at 5:56 after being yanked by Boyko and firing a shot past Rhett Stoesser.
But just like in the first half, the Rebels put on a few later marks as both Hunter Mayo and Kalan Lind found the back of the Edmonton net in the final four minutes of the middle stanza.
There was no goal in the third half as the Rebels claimed a 6-2 win.
Kolby Hay (9/13) and Logan Cunningham (16/18) combined 25 saves for the Oil Kings while Stoesser put on a 17 save performance for the Rebels. Edmonton went 1-6 on the power play, Red Deer 1-2.
Next up this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. is the Oil Kings in their annual New Year’s Day Fireworks Frenzy game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The Edmonton Oil Kings’ next home game is on Sunday, January 1 when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 2pm
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