Rebels lose season opener to Oil Kings in hard fought battle

The second period began with a power play by the Oil Kings, but it was during the same strength that Edmonton struck again. Left winger Jacob Boucher was able to score a goal in the top corner after a partial breakout.

The second period was a little livelier than the first. The Rebels took a few more penalties, while the Oil Kings Jaxsen Wiebe received a five-minute major and a game offense for a head hit. The period still ended 2-0 with Edmonton. They would also start the third period with over a minute and a half of power play time after Kalan Lind missed another hooking penalty.

The Oil Kings took advantage of this power play when Josh Williams scored his second goal in less than thirty seconds and beat the Rebels 3-0. But that wasn’t the end of Williams as a few minutes later he scored a top shelf goal from the top of the goal area for the hat trick, with Jakub Demek assisting him, doing three of those for him on the night

The Rebels, however, were unwilling to let Oil Kings goalie Sebastian Cossa go with a shutout as center Ben King scored one for Red Deer in less than four minutes before the game.

After the goal, the Rebels tried to score another goal, but the game ended with Edmonton winning 4-1.

Despite the score, the Rebels outperformed Oil Kings 36-32 and led the entire game in that category. They also won 42 face-offs compared to Edmonton’s 27. Red Deer went 0/3 on power play and goalkeeper Chase Coward saved 28 of 32 shots.

The rebels will host the Oil Kings tomorrow (Saturday) night at the Peavey Mart Centtrium / Puck Drops at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at ticketsalberta.com.

The Western Hockey League announced Friday that WHL clubs in all 17 Canadian markets will join forces with Canadians from coast to coast to recognize and commemorate the heritage of boarding schools in the days following the first-ever National Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30.

During the opening week of the 2021-22 regular season, October 1-10, WHL coaches, training staff, officials and players wear orange ribbons and orange “Every Child Matters” helmet stickers in honor of those affected by homes. A minute’s silence is observed during each WHL home opening game in Canada, allowing for a pause to reflect on the legacy of the residential school system in Canada. The “Every Child Matters” logo will appear at all 17 WHL venues in Western Canada.

from Jordan Davidson (Twitter: @JordanDHeyNow)

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