Saturday, January 7, 2012

GDB #41 vs Swift Current Broncos

Oil Kings (40 26-10-1-3) vs Broncos (41 16-20-2-3)

The Kings continue their three game homestand with a Saturday night affair with the Swift Current Broncos.  Edmonton is coming off a 6-3 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night.  The Kings got goals from six different players (Wilson, Foster, Benson, St. Croix, Wruck, and Moroz).  Lethbridge had a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, but were heavily outshot by the Kings (19-5).  Edmonton scored five times in the second period and cruised to their 26th win of the year.  Former Bronco Jordan Peddle will face his old team for the second time this season, he was acquired for Jon Groenheyde early in the season.

Photo by Darwin Knelson

Swift Current beat the Rebels last night in Red Deer, holding on for a 3-2 win.  20 year old Taylor Vause led the way with a goal and a pair of assists, while Groenheyde made 32 saves.  The win moved the Broncos into a tie with the Rebels for 9th in the East, seven points behind Brandon for the final playoff spot.
It was the first game as a Bronco for Adam Rossignol, acquired earlier in the day from the Kootenay Ice for defenseman Tanner Muth.  The WHL trade deadline is Tuesday.

Henrik Samuelsson

The Oil Kings also made a roster move this week.  They signed 17 year old Arizona product, Henrik Samuelsson.  He had been playing in Modo of the Swedish Elite League.  Samuelsson is the son of former NHLer Ulf, and is expected to arrive in Edmonton tomorrow night.  He is projected as a possible first round NHL pick in this year`s draft.  To make room on the roster the Kings waived Dave Stephens.

The Kings also will be getting all of their players back from the World Juniors and the U17s tonight.  Mark Pysyk arrived last, yesterday after practice with his Bronze Medal.  Krisitans Pelss practiced with the team, as did Mason Geertsen, Curtis Lazar and Tristan Jarry.  It appears that Martin Gernat may take the weekend off with a minor upper body injury sustained while representing Slovakia.

Season Series: The Oil Kings took the lone matchup earlier this season in Swift Current by a 4-1 score.  Stephane Legault recorded a hat trick in the win.  The teams will play twice more after tonight, once each at Rexall Place and the Credit Union I-Plex in Swift.

Next Up: The Oil Kings wrap up their homestand tomorrow night when they face the Red Deer Rebels.  It will mark just the second of six meetings between the two clubs.  Red Deer took the first in the Oil Kings first game of the season 4-3 in overtime in Red Deer.  The Broncos complete a three game trip here tonight and head home where they will enjoy some time off before facing Saskatoon on Friday night.


Goals- EDM- Michael St. Croix (25)
SC- Taylor Vause (23)

Points- EDM- St. Croix (65)
SC- Vause (49)

Wins- EDM- Laurent Brossoit (23)
SC- Jon Groenheyde (13)

PIMS- EDM- Keegan Lowe (90)
SC- Andy Blanke (104)


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)

SC- Adam Lowery- Winnipeg Jets (3rd, 2011), Reece Scarlett- New Jersey Devils (6th, 2011), Richard Nedomiel- Detroit Red Wings (6th, 2011)

Injury Report:

EDM:#21, Travis Ewanyk, Upper body, 1 month +

SC: #5, Jordan Evans, Upper body, 1 month +
#13, Shea Howorko, Upper body, week to week
#15, Adam Smith, Upper body, 1-2 weeks
#17, Adam Lowry, Upper body, 1 month+

Notes: Oil Kings forward Michael St. Croix is tied for 4th in  league scoring (65), Dylan Wruck is 13th (52). Defenceman Martin Gernat is tied for 12th in rookie scoring in the WHL (25) and he is tied for 15th in scoring amongst defencemen. Oil Kings netminder Laurent Brossoit is tied for 4th in GAA (2.50), and is tied for 2nd wins (23). The Oil Kings have the second rated PK in the league, their PP is also 2nd.  For Swift Taylor Vause is 16th in scoring (49).  Coda Gordon is 4th in rookie scorin (35), Graham Black is 10th (27).  Reece Scarlett is tied for 8th in scoring amongst defensemen (31). This is the second of four meetings between the two clubs this year. Pregame show at 6:45, the puck drops at 7:00 on the Team 1260.