Review: The Oil Kings picked up four of six points last week. They opened with a disapponting loss to the Kelowna Rockets, 6-4 at Rexall Place. For the third straight game the Kings pulled their goalie in the loss. They rallied back for a win, 4-1 over Calgary in a very tight game. They scored a pair of empty netters in the victory. The week wrapped up with an uneven 4-1 win over Lethbridge on Sunday afternoon. The biggest news over the week was the return of Travis Ewanyk to the lineup. Ewanyk had missed the entire season after undergoing off season shoulder surgery.
Wednesday Feb. 22- Loss 6-4 vs Kelowna
Friday Feb. 24- Win 4-1 @ Calgary
Sunday Feb. 26- Win 4-1 vs Lethbridge
Upcoming: The Kings play three games this week, kicking off Wednesday night in Cranbrook when they face the Kootenay Ice. Swift Current visits Edmonton on Saturday night, and Saskatoon is in town on Sunday evening.
Leaders: Goals: Michael St. Croix (39)
Assists: St. Croix (56)
Points: St. Croix (95)
PIMS: Keegan Lowe (129)
Plus/Minus: St. Croix (+36)
Wins: Laurent Brossoit (35)
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 three games (0-3-3), TJ Foster two games (1-1-2)
Notes: The Kings head into the week leading the Eastern Conference with 89 points through 63 games, four points more than the Moose Jaw Warriors. Michael St. Croix entered the week 8th in WHL scoring with 95 points in 63 games. Dylan Wruck is tied for 14th in league scoring with 75 points in 60 games. The Oil Kings have the second ranked power play and third ranked 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)
Wednesday- @ Kootenay Ice, Cranbrook RecPlex, 7pm
Saturday- vs Swift Current Broncos, Rexall Place, 7pm
Sunday- vs Saskatoon Blades, Rexall Place, 6pm