The WHL’s two teams named Kings aren’t exactly kissin’ cousins.
That was apparent during a feisty third period Friday night as the Edmonton Oil Kings doubled up the Brandon Wheat Kings 8-4 at Rexall Place.
There was plenty of time to think about activities other than scoring during the final frame — especially when the theme of the night was The King, Elvis Presley.
T.J. Foster scored a beauty in the third period to seal it for Edmonton, but the game was all shook up in the Oil Kings’ favour by three second-period goals that turned the tide after a wild first period that ended 4-3 for the visitors.
A goal by captain Mark Pysyk at 6:47 was followed less than a minute later by Edmonton’s only power-play marker when Pysyk set up Michael St. Croix.
Both had four points on the night.
Jordan Hickmott made it 7-4 when he cashed in a gimme in front of the open net.
The Oil Kings opened the gate early when winger Klarc Wilson clicked with Travis Ewanyk, who broke in alone on Liam Liston, the 17-year-old St. Albert native in the Brandon net.
Ewanyk appeared to go off balance as he roofed his shot behind Liston.
The rest of the first was nothing but, as Elvis would say, T-R-O-U-B-L-E.
A power-play goal wristed from the circle by David Toews, a shot that disappeared between two players one minute later and re-appeared behind Brossoit as Scott Glennie charged the crease, an unassisted tally by Paul Ciarelli four minutes later and, before they knew it, it was 3-1 Wheat Kings.
A scrap between Stephane Legault and Hinton product Spencer Galbraith of Brandon put some life back into the game for Edmonton as Braeden Laraque buried a slapshot from the high slot.
Then with under a minute left, the first line evened it up when Kristians Pelss circled behind the net and fed the puck out front.
The Latvian then cut across in front as the puck bounced back to him, and buried a second effort after Liston reached out to stone his first tap.
But the Oil Kings couldn’t stop the flood at the other end when, with under a minute left, Brandon’s Ryan Pulock ripped home a right-handed version of Laraque’s shot.
ICE CHIPS: Call it an early Christmas present from California.
Brandon Wheat Kings boss Kelly McCrimmon fully expects his best player to be on Team Canada for the upcoming world junior championships in Buffalo.
But McCrimmon wasn’t completely sure that the Los Angeles Kings would return 19-year-old Brayden Schenn to his clutches.
“It’s real good news for our team, even though his stay will be short with the world junior camp starting in a week,” the president/GM/coach of the team said.
“We were unsure,” McCrimmon said of what Los Angeles was going to do with their fifth-overall pick from the 2009 draft.
“They really liked Brayden and wanted to see where the best fit was for him.”