Review: The Oil Kings extended their winning streak to five games with a perfect 3-0 week. They opened up with a 3-1 win in Cranbrook over the Kootenay Ice on Wednesday. It was a tight affair which had a playoff atmosphere, Laurent Brossoit was fantastic, and the Kings capitalized on their opportunities. That was followed up with a very tight 2-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos at Rexall on Saturday. Krisitians Pelss netted the winner on a great shot with less than three minutes left. Former Oil King Jon Groenheyde was solid for the Broncos in the loss. Sunday at Rexall was another very tight game in which the Oil Kings beat the Blades 3-1. Edmonton killed all eight power play including a couple five on threes in the third to secure the two points.
Wednesday Feb. 29- Win 3-1 @ Kootenay
Saturday Mar. 3- Win 2-1 vs Swift Current
Sunday Mar. 4- Win 3-1 vs Saskatoon
Upcoming: The Kings have three more games on this week's schedule. Wednesday will feature the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, Edmonton and the Moose Jaw Warriors for the fourth time this year. Then the Kings face their chief rival, the Red Deer Rebels in a home and home this weekend.
Leaders: Goals: Michael St. Croix (41)
Assists: St. Croix (57), Dylan Wruck (57)
Points: St. Croix (98)
PIMS: Keegan Lowe (133)
Plus/Minus: St. Croix (+39)
Wins: Laurent Brossoit (37)
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: Henrik Samuelsson 4 games (0-4-4), Michael St. Croix 3 games (2-1-3), Stephane Legault 2 games (1-1-2), Griffin Reinhart 2 games (0-2-2), Tristan Sieben 2 games (2-0-2)
Notes: The Kings head into the week leading the Eastern Conference with 95 points through 66 games, six points more than the Moose Jaw Warriors. Michael St. Croix entered the week 8th in WHL scoring with 98 points in 66 games. Dylan Wruck is tied for 16th in league scoring with 77 points in 63 games. The Oil Kings power play and penalty kill are both ranked second 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 Moose Jaw Warriors, Rexall Place, 7pm
Friday- @ Red Deer Rebels, Enmax Centrium, 7:30
Saturday- vs Red Deer Rebels, Rexall Place, 7pm