Newspaper article The Canadian Press

WHL Roundup: Oil Kings Beat Rebels 3-2 in Overtime to Open Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

WHL Roundup: Oil Kings Beat Rebels 3-2 in Overtime to Open Season

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WHL Roundup: Oil Kings beat Rebels in OT

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RED DEER, Alta. - Aaron Irving scored 26 seconds into overtime as the Edmonton Oil Kings opened up the 2016-17 Western Hockey League season with a 3-2 win over the host Red Deer Rebels.

Tyler Robertson and Kyle Yewchuk also scored for the Oil Kings (1-0-0). Patrick Dea made 24 saves to earn the win.

Akash Bains and Evan Polei supplied the scoring for the Rebels (0-0-1) as Riley Lamb kicked out 30-of-33 shots in defeat.

Edmonton went 0 for 5 on the power play while Red Deer failed to score on its only chance with the man advantage.

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HITMEN 3 ICE 2 (SO)

CALGARY -- Taylor Sanheim had the shootout winner and Cody Porter made 28 saves as the Hitmen slipped past Kootenay.

Murphy Stratton and Tyler Mrkonjic scored in regulation for Calgary (1-0-0).

Zak Zborosky and Tanner Sidaway found the back of the net for the Ice (0-0-1). Payton Lee stopped 25 shots.

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BLAZERS 9 ROCKETS 2

KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- Joe Gatenby and Jackson Shepard each struck twice as the Blazers hammered Kelowna.

Rudolfs Balcers, Collin Shirley, Matt Revel, Spencer Bast and Luke Zazula rounded out the offence for Kamloops (1-0-0), which got a 29-save outing from Dylan Ferguson.

Kole Lind and Jake Kryski scored for the Rockets (0-1-0). Michael Herringer allowed four goals on 18 shots before giving way to Brodan Salmond, who stopped 11-of-16 shots in relief.

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HURRICANES 4 TIGERS 2

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. -- Stuart Skinner made 41 saves and Ryley Lindgren had a goal and two assists as the Hurricanes doubled up Medicine Hat.

Jordy Bellerive, Calen Addison and Brady Reagan also scored for Lethbridge (1-0-0).

The Tigers (0-1-0) got goals from Ryan Jevne and Matt Bradley. Duncan McGovern turned away 16-of-20 shots.

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WARRIORS 3 WHEAT KINGS 2 (OT)

MOOSE JAW, Sask. -- Tanner Jeannot scored the winner and Brody Wilms had 32 saves as the Warriors came from behind to edge Brandon. …

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