The camouflage jerseys were supposed to be for one night only.
The Edmonton Oil Kings might think about keeping them.
On Military Appreciation Night, the Oil Kings showed offensive precision both early and late as they marched right through the Chilliwack Bruins at Rexall Place last night.
En route to an 8-1 victory, the Kings set a modern franchise record for goals in front of a modern franchise record crowd of 10,156.
"If that's the deal, I'll take it," said elated head coach Steve Pleau.
"We knew we had to go to the net hard against this team. We keyed on it because we've struggled to score against them.
"We practiced going to the net. We watched a lot film on getting in the way and really crashing the net. It paid off."
Getting to the net is the exact description of Brenden Dowd's game. Two of his hat-trick goals came from being in the goalie's grill.
The coach had a salute for his captain. "That's why I call him Junkyard Dowd," said Pleau.
"It was a big night," said the 20-year-old Dowd, happy to get the trick in his last year of junior.
"We'd been joking about what to do if a guy scored. But definitely, with the fans here, we had to come out hard."
It's unlikely the players would have thought of eight different military-themed celebrations anyway.
There was an element of revenge from two earlier losses to the Bruins, but, apart from early in the third period, the Kings held the mood to kick 'em while they were down.
"Last time we played these guys, we got skunked," said Dowd, who also added an assist. "We ran into a hot goalie and I was kind of rattled all day thinking, 'Oh, I've got to get them back.' "
"We outplayed (Chilliwack) in the game here and they laid a licking on us on the B.C. trip, so there was a little bit of payback," said Brett Breitkreuz, who matched Craig McCallum's three assists on the night.
"You never like to run up a score, but any time you get (a chance) at eight goals in this league, you take it.
"We just wanted to keep going, to play a solid 60-minute effort. Because when you play a team like Calgary, a team like Regina, you're going to have to play 60 minutes anyways. So I think our mindset was to play 60, play to the final buzzer, and whatever happens on the scoreboard happens."
A Killer-B connection between Breitkreuz with Brandon Lockerby to Brent Raedeke two minutes into the game set the offensive tone early.
But, on an eight-goal night, it was a player who was held pointless who set the tone for net-crashing.
"Cumiskey started it," Pleau said about Clayton Cumiskey running over Bruins goalie Matt Friesen in the first period.
Cumiskey took a penalty, but also took a couple of gloves to the back of the head, drawing a Chilliwack penalty to even it.
"He went to the net hard. The call could've gone either way," said Pleau. "But I think that set a pretty good tone for the way we wanted to play the game."