Last night, I went to my very first WHL game last night between the Oil Kings and the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Watching the NHL stars of the future, was different, the skill of many of the 16 and 17 year olds is close to the guys playing in the AHL or the top level European leagues. The hometown Oil Kings, were able to stave off a barrage of shots by Lethbridge during the final 5 minutes of the 1st period with Oil Kings 20 year old goalie Torrie Jung making some incredible saves to keep the game at 0-0 at the end of the 1st. In the 2nd, former Edmonton Oil King Brent Henke got a flukey floater to get over the head of Jung and into the net to make it 1-0 for Lethbridge. By this point, I was stuffed from my $13 chicken strips and fries, a media meal of pasta, salad and chicken and was jonsin' for some pizza. The game looked to be wraped up for Lethbridge until Oil Kings Defenceman Mark Pysyk scored on a 5-3 power play for the Oil Kings with about 3 minutes to go. Overtime solved nothing, so the game went to my 2nd cousin's favourite part of hockey the shootout.
Jung made some great saves in the shooutout but couldnt make a save on the final Hurricanes shooter Carter Bancks which won the game for Lethbridge as the Oil Kings couldnt score in the shootout.
Edmonton now falls to 10-21-4-5 and is next to last in the Central Division in the Eastern Conference.
After the game, I did a post game interview with Oil Kings goalie Torrie Jung and here is the transcript in glorious Technicolor.
Me:I know you were able to make some great saves in the 1st period when Lethbridge had some pressure on you in the 1st.
Torrie: Yeah, I thought we took too many penalties and obviously it gives them momentum and it gives them scoring oppourtunities but you know it also takes away from our offensive chances. I was lucky enough to make a couple of saves their (at the front and side of the net).
Me: What did you think of the Drew Nichol fight? (Oil Kings D man Drew Nichol nearly turned a Hurricane's Austin Fyten's face into minced meat) I would say that was a win for Drew haha.
Torrie: I've seen Drew fight so many times now and he's a big kid he threw his hard punches and he felt he needed to defend himself after that hit (Fyten hit him from behind into the boards which started the fight) so it was a good job by him.
Me: I know you've been in the WHL for a few seasons now, but a few months ago you got an emergency call up to suit up for the Oilers.
Torrie: It was a dream come true, obviously I think every kid dreams of making the NHL and even though it was only an emergency call up and I only sat on the bench the expereince was something I'll never forget.
Me:And on Hockey Night in Canada too, even better haha.
Torrie: Yeah it was funny, they (the Oilers staff) told me not to spit on the bench try not to look at all the girls in the stands and just try and stay focused, it was tough haha.
Me: It's hard not to look at the girls huh?
Torrie: Yeah haha, thats what I wanted to do.
Me: How releaved were you when Pysyk finally scored with about 3 minutes to go?
Torrie: Yeah, I think it was coming the whole game we had some really good pressure at some points obviously, you know one or two bounces here or their it could have been a different game either way, Pysyk again he comes through for us he's done it all year and he does it again.
Me: I know even though you lost tonight, 1 point is better than none right?
Torrie: Yeah, I mean obviously were not satisfied with 1 but at the same time you have to give Lethbridge credit they played well too, I mean they got the shootout goal and we didnt and that was the difference.
Me: Alright, thanks alot Torrie.
Torrie: Thanks alot.
The Oil Kings will play again on New Year's eve when they will take on the Memorial Cup hosts the Brandon Wheat Kings who just aquired in a trade today the all time points leader for the modern day Oil Kings Brent Raedeke.
That's all for now folks I'm Avry and I'm gone.
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