The first period was dominated by the Oil Kings. The shot clock didn't lie as the Oil Kings out-shot the visitors 15-5. Rockets goaltender Jordon Cooke was solid in net while Tyrell Goulbourne stepped up with his most impressive tilt of the season by taking on Oil Kings tough guy Klarc Wilson. Goulbourne turned a lot of heads with that fight and specifically caught the attention of NHL scouts in attendance. Goulbourne's timing couldn't have been better. Wilson must have been shocked at the final outcome too. Goulbourne's fight and Cooke's strong play were two positives to take out of the period.
The Rockets scored three times in the second period to build up a 4-1 lead. It was aided by a five minute power play after Oil Kings Henrik Samuelsson received a kneeing major and game misconduct after sending Kelowna defenceman Damon Severson to the ice. Originally no penalty was called on the play until the two referee's conferred with the linesmen. Severson gingerly came off the ice but did return. The Rockets would score two power play goals before the Oil Kings made it a one goal game with two quick ones of their own late in the period.
How many teams can say their top two point producers were involved in a fight in the same game? Shane McColgan fought Henrik Samuelsson after his hit on Severson and then Brett Bulmer used a few upper cuts in a tilt against Oil Kings d-man Keegan Lowe in the third.
While we are talking about fighting, why is Brett Lyon and Jesse Astles sitting idly by? Isn't that their role? Does Tyrell Goulbourne have to do all the dirty work? Just asking.
Bulmer now has 26 goals, the same as injured captain Colton Sissons. Rigby now has 19 goals, which is third best on the team.
The loss was the Oil Kings 5th on home ice this season. Only Regina (twice), Tri City, Vancouver and now Kelowna have won on Rexall Place ice this season.
Tyson Baillie earned two assists and was named the games third star. That must have felt good for the Fort Saskatchewan resident to play a prominent role in his home province.