Edmonton, Alb – Edmonton’s Keegan Lowe had 1 goal and 2 assists in a 5-3 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Thursday night.
In the first period the Oil Kings scored 2 on their first 3 shots with Michael St. Croix (45 goals last season) and Brandon Baddock (1st WHL game) scoring the goals.
ICE forward Jon Martin defelcted a Joey Leach point shot to cut the lead to 2-1.
With 1:01 left Keegan Lowe made it 3-1 with a wrist shot from the point that beat the screened goalie.
In the second period the ICE killed off 2 early Edmonton powerplays and at the end of a Kootenay penalty Tanner Muth scored with a wrist shot from the blueline.
For the 3rd time in the game the Oil Kings had a 2-goal lead with Henrik Samuelsson get a rebound to make it 4-2.
ICE replied with a power-play goal as Jagger Dirk’s point shot deflected off an Edmonton stick and Brock Montgomery’s skate and it went through the goalie’s legs.
In the third period the Oil Kings made it 5-3 as Cole Benson’s shot from the corner went into the crease and eventually went into the net off the goalies’ skate.
Matthew Thomas, Kyle O’Connor, Collin Shirley and Jakub Prochazka played in their 1st WHL games.
Wyatt Hoflin, Petr Vesely and Kyle Krabben are the only players on the roster with 0 WHL games played.
Luke Philp played 17 games last season and Tanner Faith played 4 games in 2010-11.
The ICE will be in Calgary on Saturday night.
ICE Scratches – Drew Czerwonka (upper body 2-3 weeks), Jordyn Boyd (upper body day-to-day), Petr Vesely (lower body day-to-day), Tanner Faith, Kyle Krabben.
Edmonton 1-0-0-0 Kootenay 0-1-0-0
1, Edmonton, St. Croix 1 (Moroz, Corbett), 1:01.
2, Edmonton, Baddock 1 (Lowe), 2:44.
3, Kootenay, Martin 1 (Leach), 16:23.
4, Edmonton, Lowe 1 (Sautner, Ewanyk), 18:59.
Penalties-Sautner Edm (interference), 5:06; Shirley Ktn (cross checking), 13:17.
5, Kootenay, Muth 1 (Descheneau), 5:15.
6, Edmonton, Samuelsson 1 (St. Croix, Reinhart), 12:14 (PP).
7, Kootenay, Montgomery 1 (Pearce, Dirk), 18:08 (PP).
Penalties-Montgomery Ktn (tripping), 0:59; Hubic Ktn (too many men), 3:15; Dirk Ktn (holding), 11:47; Hubic Ktn (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:22; Lowe Edm (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:22; Mayo Edm (holding), 16:18; Hubic Ktn (major-fighting), 16:26; Lowe Edm (major-fighting), 16:26.
8, Edmonton, Benson 1 (Wilson, Lowe), 8:33.
Penalties-Lowe Edm (tripping), 9:00; Benoit Ktn (roughing), 20:00; Reinhart Edm (roughing), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Kootenay 9-11-8-28. Edmonton 10-17-6-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 1 / 3; Edmonton 1 / 4.
Goalies-Kootenay, Skapski 0-1-0-0 (33 shots-28 saves). Edmonton, Brossoit 1-0-0-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Jon Stephenson (38), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Chris Carlson (92), Darren Spurgeon (131).