A few for the record book

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

It was a night of firsts for the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rexall Place last night.

On an evening that saw the Kings make their Western Hockey League debut with a 4-3 win over the Kootenay Ice, it didn't take long to make history.

Braeden Adamyk recorded the first ever shot on goal for the Oil Kings at the 2:04 mark, and Brandon Lockerby potted the team's first goal four seconds later when he jammed the loose puck past Kootenay netminder Kris Lazuruk.

Lockerby admits there were no bets on who would score the first goal -- but he did tell his teammates last week that he'd get it.

"I joked around last week that I would get the first one, but never did I think I would do it," said Lockerby. "It's pretty amazing once you realize the history of it. It's the first goal for the Oil Kings in 31 years."

For the record, it's Lockerby's third WHL goal, but it's safe to say it was the most memorable.

Goaltender Alex Archibald made the first Oil Kings save at the 3:34 mark when he turned aside a Kootenay point shot.

"Not getting a shot until that late was just a testament to how well our guys came out of the gate," said Archibald. "It was a pretty easy save, but I was happy to get the first shot out of the way."

Bretton Stamler took the first Oil Kings penalty at the 11:16 mark of the first period. After Ice captain Steve DaSilva hammered Oil Kings defenceman Michael Hengen from behind, the Edmonton captain came to the aid of his teammate and got a roughing call.

"I just thought it was a dangerous hit by DaSilva, and we play them so many times this year I just wanted to send him a message that I will be watching him all year," said Stamler.

A few firsts remain to be made, including the Oil Kings first fight, but those may be saved for the next game or sometime down the road.


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