Red Deer, AB – The Oil Kings will follow up a huge set of games this past weekend with a trip down Highway 2 to take on the Red Deer Rebels. The Oil Kings took six of a possible six points this weekend with three wins in three consecutive nights. With the victories, Edmonton took over top spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand on the second place Hitmen. Edmonton was also elevated to fifth in the CHL BMO Mastercard Top Ten rankings this week.
Goaltender Laurent Brossoit is one of the hottest netminders in the WHL. “LB” has won eight of his last nine starts and has not allowed more than two goals against in a game since December 7th. Last weekend he notched the seventh shutout of his WHL career adding to his modern era franchise record.
Edmonton’s strong defensive play continues to steal the show as the Kings have allowed the least number of goals in the Eastern Conference. The Oil Kings have four shutout wins and have given up just three goals over their last six games. Edmonton has held the opposition to two or fewer goals in 28 of their 44 games this season.
The defensive corps. will see another boost tonight as Oilers draft pick Martin Gernat returns to the lineup. This will be the Slovakian d-man’s 2012-13 debut. Gernat had an exceptional WHL rookie season in 2011-12. In 60 games he finished seventh in WHL rookie scoring and first in WHL rookie scoring amongst defencemen with 55 points. He finished fifth in the WHL and led all Oil Kings in plus/minus with a +41 rating.
Puck drop is 7:00 p.m. MST from the ENMAX Centrium. All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca.
After three games on the road the defending WHL Champions make their return to Rexall Place this Friday, January 18th as they play host to the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Oil Kings will give away 500 Mitch Moroz T-Shirts! All fans at the game will be eligible to receive a shirt, since scratch-and-win tickets will be used to determine the winners.Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. MST and tickets are available at OILKINGS.CA, at the Rexall Place Box Office or at Ticketmaster outlets. For more information on season seats or flex packs, call 780-414-GOAL (4625). The Oil Kings 2012-13 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.