Prince George, BC – Rhett Rachinski tallied his first career hat trick and Laurent Brossoit posted a record tying and a record breaking performance as the Oil Kings took a 5-0 win over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday night.
The Oil Kings showed some early jump coming off of last night’s overtime loss as Rachinski opened the scoring. The overage from Edmonton scooped a rebound off a point shot from Keegan Lowe to tally his 20th of the season just three minutes in. The Oil Kings would continue to press as Rachinski would score his 21st of the year and second of the game with just over three minutes remaining in the first. Fellow 20-year old Jordan Peddle made a nice pass to send Klarc Wilson and Rachinski in on the 2 on 1 with Rachinski, able to tip home a feed from Wilson to make it 2-0.
Not willing to let up in the second, it was newcomer Henrik Samuelsson taking a nice feed from veteran Keegan Lowe to score his fifth of the year. Samuelsson, who joined the team midseason has now totaled 12 points and five goals in 13 games in an Oil Kings jersey.
Move to the third where Kristians Pelss would then add a goal to make it 4-0 as he took advantage of a Prince George misplay and made no mistake as he scored his 19th of the season. Pelss, a draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers was in his first game back from a three game suspension. This game also saw the return of BC born prospects Curtis Lazar and Mason Geertsen from injury.
Rachinski was then able to score the first hat trick of his WHL career with a highlight reel shorthanded goal for his third of the night with under a minute left to play. Jordan Peddle and Keegan Lowe each had three assists with Lowe going plus-5 on the night.
Brossoit, the Oil Kings goaltender and Calgary Flames draft pick made 24 saves to record his club record tying third shutout of the year. The shutout ties him with Alex Archibald and Torrie Jung for the modern day franchise record for shutouts in a season. It was the fifth of his career which sets a new benchmark for career shutouts by an Oil Kings goaltender and he continues his amazing season with 32 wins, another Oil Kings modern day franchise record.
The Edmonton power play was 0 for 4 on the night while holding the Cougars to 0 for 3 with the man advantage. Edmonton has not allowed a power play goal in their last three games. The Kings sit alone atop the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 37-12-3-4 for 81 points.
Next week will see the Eastern Conference leading Oil Kings take on the Western Conference leading Kamloops Blazers in a wild west showdown on Tuesday. The Kings will then round out their road trip with games in Kelowna on Wednesday and Friday in Vancouver. Follow along on twitter @edmoilkings and online at oilkings.ca to keep up with YOUR team on the road. All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca
The Kings will return to the friendly confines of Rexall Place on Family Day, February 20th as they welcome Anaheim Ducks first round pick Emerson Etem and the Medicine Hat Tigers. It’s a special Family friendly 2PM puck drop with the doors opening at 1 PM and the first 500 fans at the game will receive a Devan Dubnyk World Junior Bobblehead. This bobblehead is the fourth of five World Junior Bobbleheads and the only goaltender of the set. Tickets start at just $15 bucks the best side seats are $20 bucks! Tickets are on sale now at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at oilkings.ca, OR by calling 414-GOAL.
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