Review: The Oil Kings earned a split in their two games last week. A thrilling come from behind victory over the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night at Rexall, then a disappointing 5-2 loss in Lethbridge. The PA game featured a TJ Foster shorthanded penalty shot goal, Cole Benson's first WHL goal, and a Rhett Rachinski game winner with 5.5 seconds left. The following night the Kings were downed in Lethbridge by the bottom dwelling Hurricanes who came out with a lot of energy. The Hurricanes posted back to back victories for the first time this season, knocking of the Rebels on Friday before defeating Edmonton.
Last Week: Friday Nov. 18- Win 4-3 vs Prince Albert
Saturday Nov. 19- Loss 5-2 @ Lethbridge
Upcoming: The Oil Kings play their final road game of the first half of the season on Wednesday in Lethbridge. They will open an 11 game homestand on Friday against the Medicine Hat Tigers then face Lethbridge for the third time in a week on Saturday.
Leaders: Goals: Kristians Pelss (10)
Assists: Michael St. Croix (16)
Points: TJ Foster (24)
PIMS: Keegan Lowe (42)
Wins: Laurent Brossoit (11)
Firsts: Game- Martin Gernat, Ashton Sautner, Cole Benson @ Red Deer, Sept 25. Tristan Jarry @ Saskatoon, Oct 8. Cody Corbett @ Brandon Oct 29, Brandon Baddock @ Lethbridge Nov. 19.
Goal- Gernat @ Red Deer, Sept 25,Curtis Lazar vs Medicine Hat Sept 30 (first regular season goal, scored in playoffs Mar 31, 2011), Mitch Moroz @ Swift Current Oct. 9, Ashton Sautner vs Portland Oct 21, Cody Corbett @ Victoria Nov. 8, Cole Benson vs Prince Albert Nov. 18.
Point- Gernat, Sautner @ Red Deer Sept 25, Tristan Sieben @ Medicine Hat Oct 1, Corbett @ Victoria Nov 8, Benson, Mason Geertsen vs Prince Albert Nov 18.
Win- Tristan Jarry Oct 26 vs Everett.
Streaks: Dylan Wruck 2 games (0-2-2)
Notes: The Kings were without six regulars in Lethbridge. Mark Pysyk, Stephane Legault, Griffen Reinhart, David Stephens, Travis Ewanyk, and Tristan Sieban all missed the game. TJ Foster left early for precautionary reasons. Brandon Baddock made his WHL debut. Tristan Jarry made his second WHL start. Curtis Lazar, Mason Geertsen, and Tristan Jarry will play for Team Pacific in the upcoming U17 Challenge in Windsor, Ontario. The Oil Kings open an 11 game homestand on Friday.
Drafted: 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)
Wednesday- @ Lethbridge Hurricanes, Enmax Centre, 7pm
Friday- vs Medicine Hat Tigers, Rexall Place, 7pm
Saturday- vs Lethbridge Hurricanes, Rexall Place, 7pm