Review: The Kings got back on track last week going 3-0 in their three games. Things opened up with a big time redemption win in Lethbridge 10-3. Michael St. Croix led the way with a hat trick and five points. Following that game the Kings acquired more offense, picking up 20 year old Tyler Maxwell from the Everett Silvertips. Maxwell payed immediate dividends picking up an assist in a 3-0 shut out over Medicine Hat before registering a pair of goals in a 5-2 win over Lethbridge. Laurent Brossoit made 27 stops for his first shut out of the year, third of his WHL career against the Tigers. On Saturday Michael St. Croix picked up four points (2-2) in the victory over Lethbridge.
Last Week: Wednesday Nov. 23- Win 10-3 @ Lethbridge
Friday Nov. 25- Win 3-0 vs Medicine Hat
Saturday Nov. 26- Win 5-2 vs Lethbridge
Upcoming: The Kings play their lone matchup with the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday. They also open their six game season series with the upstart Calgary Hitmen on Thursday before meeting Saskatoon Sunday afternoon. All games at Rexall Place.
Leaders: Goals: Michael St. Croix, Tyler Maxwell (13)
Assists: Dylan Wruck (21)
Points: St. Croix (33)
PIMS: Keegan Lowe (55)
Wins: Laurent Brossoit (13)
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, Laurent Brossoit vs Regina Oct. 14, Corbett @ Victoria Nov 8, Benson, Mason Geertsen vs Prince Albert Nov 18.
Win- Tristan Jarry Oct 26 vs Everett.
Streaks: Dylan Wruck 5 games (2-8-10), Michael St. Croix 4 games (6-5-11), Tyler Maxwell 2 games (2-1-3), Cody Corbett 2 games (0-2-2).
Notes: The Kings have welcomed Griffen Reinhart and Tristan Sieban back to the lineup in recent games. There is anticipation that a couple more of the walking wounded could return this week. Oil Kings Captain Mark Pysyk has earned an invitation to the Hockey Canada Selection Camp for the World Junior Hockey Championship. Martin Gernat has made the Slovakian team, and it expected that Kristians Pelss will once again represent Latvia. The 10 goals the Kings scored in Lethbridge is a new modern franchise record, they had posted nine numerous times. The Kings and Hitmen play three games in 17 days before the Christmas break, all in Edmonton. The Oil Kings are riding their third three game win streak of the season.
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)
Tuesday- vs Spokane Chiefs, Rexall Place, 7pm
Thursday- vs Calgary Hitmen, Rexall Place, 7pm
Sunday- vs Saskatoon Blades, Rexall Place, 2pm