Review: It was an up and down week for the Edmonton Oil Kings. The week opened with the highly anticipated matchup with the Tri-City Americans at Rexall Place. In what was maybe the game of the year, the Amerks came away with a 5-4 OT victory on Brendan Shinniman's second of the game. Griffin Reinhart had a pair for the Kings. They followed that up with a convincing 6-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night before falling 3-2 to the Giants on Saturday. It was only Edmonton's fourth regulation loss at home of the season. So far Vancouver has beaten the Kings twice this season, with a game to go in Vancouver later in February.
Last Week: Wednesday Jan. 25- Loss 5-4 OT vs Tri-City
Friday Jan. 27- Win 6-2 vs Brandon
Saturday Jan. 21- Loss 3-2 vs Vancouver
Upcoming: The Oil Kings have a very quiet week this week with just one game. They host the Red Deer Rebels on Friday night. Not all of the Kings have the week off as Griffin Reinhart will take part in the Top Prospects game in Kelowna on Wednesday.
Leaders: Goals: Michael St. Croix (32)
Assists: St. Croix (47)
Points: St. Croix (79)
PIMS: Mitch Moroz (104)
Plus/Minus: St. Croix (+32)
Wins: Laurent Brossoit (28)
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: Martin Gernat 7 games (1-11-12), Henrik Samuelsson 5 games (3-5-8), Kristians Pelss 2 games (2-1-3), Curtis Lazar 2 games (2-0-2), Keegan Lowe 2 games (0-2-2).
Notes: The Kings head into the week leading the Eastern Conference with 72 points through 51 games, four points more than the Moose Jaw Warriors. Michael St. Croix entered the week tied for 3rd in WHL scoring with 79 points in 51 games. Dylan Wruck is tied in 11th in league scoring with 64 points in 51 games. The Oil Kings are ranked second in both the powerplay and penalty kill 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)
Friday- vs Red Deer Rebels, Rexall Place, 7pm