Saturday, January 21, 2012

GDB #48 @ Prince Albert

Oil Kings (47 31-11-1-4) vs Raiders (46 15-28-1-2)

The Oil Kings wrap up their two game trip at the Art Hauser Centre tonight when they face off with the Raiders.  Edmonton dominated the Swift Current Broncos last night, winning 6-1.  Captain Mark Pysyk led the way offensively with two goals and an assist.  Tyler Maxwell chipped in a pair of goals as well, including scoring the opening goal of the game for the fourth straight time.  The game got a bit out of hand as the Broncos trailed 5-0 in the second period and became chippy.  There was a scary incident late in the game, when Mason Geertsen was checked late by Colby Cave, sending Geertsen awkwardly into the boards in front of the Oil King bench.  After doctors helped him off the ice, he spent the night in hospital, but all signs were good for the 16 year old.  Tristan Jarry picked up the win for Edmonton, who have won two straight.

The Raiders fell last night to the visiting Victoria Royals, 6-4.  PA tied the game with a pair of goals early in the third period, but were unable to hold off the Royal attack as Victoria got goals from Austin Carroll and Logan Nelson to secure the win.  The Raiders have now dropped four straight and sit last in the WHL's Eastern Conference with 33 points through 46 games.  Cole Holowenko has been the goalie of record in 12 straight games for the Raiders, every game since they dealt Eric Williams to the Chiefs.
Photo: Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings
Season Series: This is the fourth and final meeting between the clubs this season.  Edmonton has won all three of the previous meetings this year.  They won their first game of the season at the Art Hauser on September 28 downing the Raiders 4-1.  They also defeated the Raiders 4-3 at Rexall Place on a Rhett Rachinski goal with six seconds left in the third.  The Kings downed PA 5-3 the last time the teams met.
Next Up: The Oil Kings return home to face the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday night.  The game kicks off a five game homestand for the Kings, and could feature the two conference leaders, depending on the outcome of Tri-City's game with the Kamloops Blazers tonight.  The Raiders are also off until Wednesday when they kick off a three game roadie in Medicine Hat.
Photo: Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings

Goals- EDM- Michael St. Croix (28)
PA-Mike Winther (23)

Points- EDM- St. Croix (72)
PA- Justin Maylan  (59)

Wins- EDM- Laurent Brossoit (26)
PA- Cole Holowenko (7)

PIMS- EDM- Keegan Lowe (95)
PA- Tyler Yaworski (133)


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)

PA- Mark McNeill- Chicago Blackhawks (1st, 2011), Harrison Ruopp- Phoenix Coyotes (3rd, 2011).  Kellan Tochkin signed free agent- Vancouver Canucks.

Injury Report:

EDM: #8, Griffin Reinhart, Upper body, day to day
#21, Travis Ewanyk, Upper body, 1 month
#22, Ryan Dech, Lower body, 1 month
#24, Mason Geertsen, TBD

#4, Tyler Hart, Lower body, day to day
#25, Carson Perreaux, Upper body, day to day
Photo: Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings
Notes: Oil Kings forward Michael St. Croix is 4th in league scoring (72), Dylan Wruck is tied for 10th (59). Defenceman Martin Gernat is tied for 9th in rookie scoring (30) and he is tied for 13th in scoring amongst defencemen. Oil Kings netminder Laurent Brossoit is 4th in GAA (2.41), and is tied for 2nd in wins (26). The Oil Kings have the second rated PK in the league, their PP is also ranked 2nd. For Prince Albert, Justin Maylan is tied for 10th in scoring (59).  Josh Morissey is 14th in rookie scoring (24). This is the fourth and final meeting between the two clubs this year. Pregame show at 5:45, the puck drops at 6:00 MT on the Team 1260.