Review: The Oil Kings collected four of six points with a pair of victories this past week. Things opened up with a convincing 6-2 in Medicine Hat. It was their first win in the 'Hat in modern franchise history, they were winless in 14 attempts. Saturday night, at Rexall Place, the Kings outlasted the Kootenay Ice 3-2 in overtime. Jordan Peddle sniped the winner after Ice netminder Nathan Lieuwen made numerous five alarm saves to keep his team in it. Henrik Samuelsson registered his first WHL goal. The Kings headed to Calgary immediately after the game and dropped a hard fought game with the Hitmen 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Last Week: Thursday Jan. 12- Win 6-2 @ Medicine Hat
Saturday Jan. 14- Win 3-2 OT vs Kootenay
Sunday Jan. 15- Loss 4-3 @Calgary
Upcoming: The Kings return to Rexall to face the Prince George Cougars on Wednesday night. It will be the first of three meetings between the clubs on the season. Edmonton is right back on the road after the game for a pair of tilts in Saskatchewan. They visit Swift Current on Friday, and are in Prince Albert Saturday night.
Leaders: Goals: Michael St. Croix (25)
Assists: St. Croix (42)
Points: St. Croix (67)
PIMS: Keegan Lowe (95)
Plus/Minus: St. Croix, Dylan Wruck (+23)
Wins: Laurent Brossoit (25)
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, Henrik Samuelsson @ Medicine Hat Jan. 12.
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, Henrik Samuelsson vs Kootenay Jan. 14.
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, Henrik Samuelsson @ Medicine Hat, Jan 12.
Win- Tristan Jarry Oct 26 vs Everett.
Streaks: Dylan Wruck 3 games (1-3-5), Kristians Pelss 3 games (2-3-5), Tristan Sieban 2 games (0-2-2)
Notes: Henrik Samuelsson will miss the game against Prince George, he drew a one game suspension for a charging major in Calgary. The Kings head into the week leading the Eastern Conference with 63 points through 45 games. Michael St. Croix entered the week tied in 6th in WHL scoring with 67 points in 45 games. He is pointless in his last four outings. Dylan Wruck has moved into 10th in league scoring. The Oil Kings have the second ranked power play and second ranked penalty in the league heading into the week.
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- vs Prince George, Rexall Place, 7pm
Thursday- Travel Day
Friday- @ Swift Current, Credit Union I-Plex, 6pm (MT)
Saturday- @ Prince Albert, Art Hauser Centre, 6pm (MT)