Edmonton, AB – The Oil Kings will look to avenge their 5-4 shootout loss on Wednesday as they host the second part of a home-and-home against the Kootenay Ice tonight at Rexall Place. The Kings gave up a 3-1 third period lead on Wednesday but salvaged the single point with a late goal from Cole Benson.
In 2012-13 the Oil Kings have a 1-1-0-1 record vs the Ice. After a 5-1 win on opening night in Edmonton the Kings fell 1-0 in Cranbrook on Oct. 14th and athe aforementioned 5-4 shootout loss on Wednesday. After meeting six times in the 2011-12 Regular Season – the Oil Kings won the season series over the Ice with a 6-0-0-0 record. Edmonton would then take a 4-0 series sweep over the 2011 WHL Champions in the first round of the 2012 WHL Playoffs. The series victory was the Oil Kings first in the modern era of the franchise and the first time since 1973 the Oil kings advanced past the opening round. Edmonton dominated play in that series as they outscored the Ice 16-7 and outshot the defending champs 137-95 for the series.
Oil Kings forward Michael St. Croix leads the Oil Kings scoring race with 35 points (14G, 21A) – this is 11th in WHL scoring. St.Croix has totalled 105 goals and 157 assists in his Oil Kings career (both Oil Kings career records). Dylan Wruck has returned from an upper body injury that sidelined him during last year’s playoff run. The native of Saskatoon, SK has scored nine goals and 21 assists in 22 games since his return and is 19th in WHL scoring.
Edmonton has the best power play (26.9%) and the best penalty kill (92.7%) in the league. St.Croix leads the team with 8 power-play goals (2nd in the WHL) while Wruck is 3rd in the WHL with 13 power-play assists. The Kings lethal number one ranked penalty kill has only allowed one power play goal against in their last 46 opportunities.
The Oil Kings are proud to support the 2012 GEOMEER Helping Hampers initiative this holiday season. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food, clothing and toiletries donations to upcoming games. There will be drop-off bins at the main Rexall Place entrances.
Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. 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.
Season Seat Holders are reminded that the Never Waste A Ticket program has changed. You may redeem any unused tickets from the start of the season through Friday, December 27th by Monday, December 31st. You’ll be able to redeem second half unused tickets from January until the end of the regular season. It is recommended that fans drop by the Ticket Office at TELUS Field during regular business hours to avoid the game day rush. You can also call an Oil Kings customer experience representative at (780) 414-GOAL (4625) to choose your games and arrange for a speedy pick-up on game day.
FINAL MOVEMBER TICKET OFFER GAME FRIDAY!
The Oil Kings are offering a special Movember ticket offer available for all home games during the month of November. For $62, fans may purchase two lower bowl tickets, two Oil Kings Movember T-shirts, and a $10 donation will be made in their name towards the Movember campaign.
To purchase a Movember pack, call 780-414-GOAL(4625) or follow THIS LINK.