Sunday, September 25, 2011

Oil Kings Open Season

The 2011-12 WHL season gets underway this afternoon in Red Deer for the Oil Kings.  The Kings renew the rivalry with the Rebels, the team that ended their season last year in the first round of the playoffs.  The Rebs opened their season on Friday night with a 3-2 shootout win over the defending WHL Champions Kootenay Ice.

Lineup:  Edmonton

Pelss (’09 EDM)                 St. Croix (’11 NYR)                            Foster
Wruck                                 Lazar                                                   Lazowski             
Legault                                Rachinski                                             Wilson
Moroz                                 Benson                                                Sieben

Pysyk (’10 BUF)               Lowe (’11 CAR)
Gernat (’11 EDM)             Reinhart
Sautner                              Dech

Brossoit (’11 CGY)

Red Deer
Mayor                                 Siwak                                    Persson (’11 NYI)
Ness                                    Kambeitz                              Cowen
Hamilton                              Maxwell                                Muller
Robinson                             McCoy                                 Millette

Dumba                 Petrovic (`10 FLA)
Borejko                Weller (`09 PHX)
Pufahl                   Doetzel

Notes:  Red Deer won the season series last year 5-1, and swept the first round playoff match-up.  The Rebels are without star forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who is still with the Edmonton Oilers.  This is the first of six meetings between the clubs, the next being  January 8th in Edmonton.  Oil King Travis Ewanyk (’11 EDM) will miss his first game of the season as he recovers from an upper body injury that will likely need surgery in the next week.  Colton Stephenson is also day-to-day with an upper body injury.  All time the Kings are 8-12-1-5 against the Rebels, and  3-7-1-2 in Red Deer.  Puck drop at 3pm, all the action is on The Team 1260.