Review: The Oil Kings went a perfect 3-0 last week. Things opened up with Laurent Brossoit securing his second shutout of the season in 5-0 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars. Michael St. Croix picked up a natural hat trick, his second three goal game of the year. They followed that up with a 6-1 win in Swift Current. The game featured a scary incident late when Mason Geertsen was slammed into the boards at the Oil King bench and was taking to hospital. The good news is that Geertsen is ok and shouldn't be out of the lineup for too long. Edmonton wrapped up their two game trip handing Prince Albert a 9-2 loss. Again Michael St. Croix had a hat trick and five points in the game. St. Croix was named the WHL's player of the week, and Laurent Brossoit was nominated for the CHL's goaltender of the week award.
Last Week: Wednesday Jan. 18- Win 5-0 vs Prince George
Friday Jan. 20- Win 6-1 @ Swift Current
Saturday Jan. 21- Win 9-2 @ Prince Albert
Upcoming: The Oil Kings open up a five game homestand on Wedenesday at Rexall Place. It is their longest remaining homestand of the season. Wednesday they face the CHL's top ranked team the Tri-City Americans. It is the only meeting between the Kings and Ams this season. Edmonton faces the Wheat Kings on Friday, before matching up with the Giants on Saturday.
Leaders: Goals: Michael St. Croix (31)
Assists: St. Croix (46)
Points: St. Croix (77)
PIMS: Keegan Lowe (97)
Plus/Minus: St. Croix (+30)
Wins: Laurent Brossoit (27)
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, Tristan Sieban @ Prince Albert Jan 21.
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: Tyler Maxwell 6 games (8-5-13), Martin Gernat 4 games (0-7-7), Michael St. Croix 3 games (6-4-10), Rhett Rachinski 2 games (1-2-3), Henrik Samuelsson 2 games (1-2-3), Stephane Legault 2 games 2 games (0-3-3), Curtis Lazar 2 games (1-1-2), Mitch Moroz 2 games (1-1-2), Keegan Lowe 2 games (0-2-2)
Notes: The Kings head into the week leading the Eastern Conference with 69 points through 48 games. Michael St. Croix entered the week 3rd in WHL scoring with 77 points in 48 games. Dylan Wruck is 10th in league scoring with 62 points in 48 games. The Oil Kings have the top ranked power play in the league and the 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 Tri-City Americans, Rexall Place, 7pm
Friday- vs Brandon Wheat Kings, Rexall Place, 7pm
Saturday- vs Vancouver Giants, Rexall Place, 7pm