Wednesday, November 23, 2011

GDB # 24 @ Lethbridge

Oil Kings (23 12-8-1-2) @ Hurricanes (24 5-18-0-1)

It's the last road game of the first half tonight for the Edmonton Oil Kings.  They return to Lethbridge for the third and final time this season, after losing 5-2 to the 'Canes on Saturday night.  Lethbridge came out on fire and played a very physical game against Edmonton and opened up a 3-1 lead by early in the third period. Josh Lazowski scored a power play goal to cut the gap to one, but Edmonton was unable to capitalize on a 5 on three advantage and the 'Canes went on to add a pair of goals to round out the scoring.

Photo: Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings
Players to watch: 

Edmonton: Ryan Dech.  The 18 year old has proven to be a very versatile player so far this season.  He is steady on the back end, and has been called upon to play the wing at times this season as well.  With some injuries on the blueline, Dech's role has expand and the veteran defender has stepped up this season.  Look for him possibly to play some forward again tonight in Lethbridge.

Lethbridge: Brady Ramsay.  The Calgary product is off to good start so far with the '.  Ramsay registered a hat trick last game to pace the Hurricanes to the 5-2 win over the Oil Kings.  So far he has 10 goals on the season, after registering one  in 57 games last season.

Season Series: The teams have split the two games so far this season.  Edmonton beat Lethbridge 5-1 on October 11th, before losing last game.  Both games so far have been at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge.  The teams will play six times this season, and faceoff again Saturday night in Edmonton.


Goals- EDM- Kristians Pelss (10)
LET- Brady Ramsay (10)

Points- EDM- TJ Foster (24)
LET- Cam Braes (18)

Wins- EDM- Laurent Brossoit (11)
LET- Liam Liston (3)

PIMS- EDM- Keegan Lowe(42)
LET- Graham Hood (52)

EDM- Mark Pysyk-Buffalo Sabres (1st Round, 2010), Kristians Pelss- Edmonton Oilers (7th, 2010), Keegan Lowe- Carolina Hurricanes (3rd, 2011), Travis Ewanyk- Oilers (3rd, 2011), Michael St. Croix- New York Rangers (4th, 2011), Martin Gernat- Oilers (5th, 2011), Laurent Brossoit- Calgary Flames (6th, 2011)

LET- Brody Sutter- Carolina Hurricanes (7th, 2011), 

Injury Report:

EDM:  #3, Mark Pysyk, Upper body, day to day
#7, Stephane Legault, Upper body, 1 week
#8, Griffin Reinhart, Upper body, day to day
#15, David Stephens, Upper body, week to week
#16, TJ Foster, Upper body, day to day
#21, Travis Ewanyk, Upper body, 1 month +
#25, Tristan Sieben, Lower body, day to day

LET:#5, Daniel Johnston, Upper body, 1-2 weeks
#15, Michael Sofillas, Upper body, 1 month +
#16, Austin Fyten, Lower body, 1 month +
#26, Max Moline, Lower body, 1 month 

Notes:  Oil Kings defenceman Martin Gernat is 5th in rookie scoring in the WHL (20 points), Curtis Lazar is tied for 13th (14 points). Gernat is also tied for 5th in scoring amongst defencemen.  Oil Kings netminder Laurent Brossoit is 5th in the league in minutes played (1187).  Daniel Johnstone of the Hurricanes suffered an upper body injury in Saturday's game, as did Oil King TJ Foster. This is the third of six meetings this season between the clubs, they meet three times this week (November 19, 22, 26).  The Oil Kings open an 11 game homestand Friday night against Medicine Hat. The Hurricanes are in a six game stretch where they face two teams (Edmonton, Red Deer).  Pregame show at 6:45, the puck drops at 7:00 on the Team 1260.