Review: The Oil Kings went 3-0 for a second straight week and have won six consecutive games for the first time in modern franchise history. The week opened with an ugly 4-1 win over Spokane, it wasn't a sharp played game by either side, but Edmonton was able to capitalize on their opportunities to post their first ever victory over the Chiefs. They followed that up with back to back wins over the Calgary Hitmen (6-1) and the Saskatoon Blades (8-3). Michael St. Croix continues to lead the way offensively, being named the WHL Player of the Week after posting eight points (3-5-8) in the three games. The Oil Kings went five for six on the power play in the Saskatoon game.
Last Week: Tuesday Nov. 29- Win 4-1 vs Spokane
Thursday Dec. 1- Win 6-1 vs Calgary
Sunday Dec. 4- Win 8-3 vs Saskatoon
Upcoming: The Hitmen look for revenge on Tuesday night when they make their second visit to Rexall Place. Thursday the Oil Kings play the Wheat Kings for the second time this season. Saturday night it is the third of four meetings with the Prince Albert Raiders.
Leaders: Goals: Michael St. Croix, Tyler Maxwell (16)
Assists: St. Croix, Dylan Wruck (25)
Points: St. Croix (41)
PIMS: Keegan Lowe (61)
Wins: Laurent Brossoit (16)
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 8 games (4-12-16), Michael St. Croix 7 games (9-10-19), Tyler Maxwell 5 games (5-4-9), Rhett Rachinski 3 games (2-1-3), Mark Pysyk 3 games (1-4-5)
Notes: The Kings have welcomed Mark Pysyk and TJ Foster back to the lineup in recent games. 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 Kings power play is up to 4th in the league at 26.1 percent, their penalty kill is first overall at 83.1 percent. The Oil Kings sit third in the Eastern Conference with 39 points, two back of the Kootenay Ice, the Kings have a game in hand over Kootenay as well.
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 Calgary Hitmen, Rexall Place, 7pm
Thursday- vs Brandon Wheat Kings, Rexall Place, 7pm
Saturday- vs Prince Albert Raiders, Rexall Place, 7pm