Review: The Oil Kings closed out the regular season with another 3-0 week pushing their run to 11-0 to end the regular season. Victories in Kootenay (overtime winner by Kristians Pelss), Medicine and Red Deer rounded out the year and the Kings finished with 50 wins and the Scotty Munro Trophy as the top team in the WHL's regular season. They will open the playoffs on Friday against the eighth seeded Kootenay Ice at Rexall Place.
Wednesday Mar. 14- Win 5-4 OT @ Kootenay
Friday Mar. 16- Win 4-2 @ Medicine Hat
Saturday Mar. 17- Win 7-3 @ Red Deer
Upcoming: The Kings will have home ice throughout the WHL's playoffs. Things get going on Friday night when they face Kootenay.
Leaders: Goals: Michael St. Croix (45)
Assists: St. Croix (60)
Points: St. Croix (105)
PIMS: Keegan Lowe (139)
Plus/Minus: Martin Gernat (+41)
Wins: Laurent Brossoit (42)
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: TJ Foster 4 games (4-3-7), Martin Gernat 3 games (1-4-5), Tyler Maxwell 2 games (0-3-3), Dylan Wruck 2 games (1-2-3), Kristians Pelss 3 games (2-1-3), Mark Pysyk 3 games (0-3-3).
Notes: Michael St. Croix finished 8th in WHL scoring with 105 points in 72 games. Dylan Wruck finished 21st with 80 points in 66 games, TJ Foster (T25) and Tyler Maxwell (T30) also finished in the top 30 in scoring. The Oil Kings power play and penalty kill both finished 2nd in the league.
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).
Round One Schedule:
Friday, March 23- vs Kootenay, Rexall Place, 7pm
Sunday, March 25- vs Kootenay, Rexall Place, 5pm
Wednesday, March 28- @ Kootenay, Cranbrook RecPlex, 7pm
Thursday, March 29- @ Kootenay, Cranbrook RecPlex, 7pm
*Sunday, April 1- vs Kootenay Ice, Rexall Place, 2pm
*Tuesday, April 3- @ Kootenay, Cranbrook RecPlex, 7pm
*Wednesday, April 4- vs Kootenay, Rexall Place, 7pm