Preview: Oil Kings @ Blazers – February 12, 2018
LAST GAME: The Oil Kings returned to Rogers Place to close out their six-game season series against the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Rebels in a thrilling 4-3 matinee matchup on Sportsnet’s Saturday Showcase. Oil Kings right winger Trey Fix-Wolansky lifted Edmonton to victory scoring the game winning goal with just eight seconds remaining in the game. Liam Keeler opened the scoring on Saturday afternoon with a shorthanded goal in the second period sending Edmonton into the third frame with a 1-0 lead. In the third, Red Deer netted a pair of goals early in the frame to go-ahead 2-1. Edmonton would answer back minutes later as David Kope scored his ninth goal of the season. Colton Kehler would add a power play marker to put the Oil Kings back in front midway through the third. With less than two minutes to play, Rebels Reese Johnson would score shorthanded to tie the game 3-3 but Fix-Wolansky would get the buzzer beater to secure the Oil Kings victory. With the win over the Rebels on Saturday, the Oil Kings closed out the season series with a record of 3-3-0-0 against Red Deer this season.
2017-18 REGULAR SEASON LEADERS:
- Goals: Colton Kehler – 24
- Points: Trey Fix-Wolansky – 63
- +/-: Carter Souch – -2
- PPG: Colton Kehler – 10
- Assists: Trey Fix-Wolansky – 40
- PIM: Conner McDonald – 66
- GWG: Trey Fix-Wolansky – 5
- SHG: David Kope – 2
OIL KINGS VS. BLAZERS: The Oil Kings will face off against the Kamloops Blazers for the second and nal time this season on Monday afternoon. The last time these two teams played against one another was on Sunday, January 21 at Rogers Place. In that game the Oil Kings lost 4-2. Brendan Semchuk and Colton Kehler would net the two goals for Edmonton on the night. Last season, Edmonton put up a record of 0-2-0-0 against Kamloops.
EOK vs. Blazers this season:
- Sunday, January 21 at Rogers Place – KAM wins 4-2
KAMLOOPS CONNECTION: Oil Kings defenceman Conner McDonald will face off against his former team the Kamloops Blazers on Monday afternoon. McDonald played 86 games with the Blazers putting up a total of 17 points (2G, 15A) before being acquired by the Edmonton Oil Kings on January 5, 2017.
BACK ON THE BUS: The Oil Kings got back on the bus after facing off against the Rebels on Saturday to head West for a four- game road trip. On this road trip the Oil Kings will battle against the Blazers, Royals, Giants and Rockets before returning back to Edmonton.
MULTI POINT: Three players recorded multi-point games against the Rebels on Saturday:
- Conner McDonald recorded his eighth multi-point game of the season with 2 assists
- Trey Fix-Wolansky recorded his 19th multi-point game of the season with 2 points (1G, 1A)
- Colton Kehler recorded his ninth multi-point game of the season with 2 points (1G, 1A)
SHORTHANDED SUCCESS: Oil Kings centreman Liam Keeler picked up his third goal of the season on Saturday after scoring shorthanded at 3:45 of the second frame. The goal was Keeler’s first career shorthanded goal.
COMING UP CLUTCH: Trey Fix-Wolansky captured the game-winning goal against the Rebels on Saturday with 8 second remaining to secure the Oil Kings win on home ice. With the goal, Fix-Wolansky now has ve game-winning goals on the season, leading the team in game-winning goals.
YOUNG STAR: Edmonton, AB native David Kope has had plenty of success in his first season with the Oil Kings. Kope netted his ninth goal of the season at 6:40 of the third period on Saturday in the Edmonton victory. Kope improves to 17 points (9G, 8A) on the season.
POWER PLAY PERFORMER: Oil Kings captain Colton Kehler has had no trouble nding the back of the net on the power play this season. The right-winger not only leads his team in goals (24) but also leads Edmonton in power play goals this season with 10. His 10th power play goal of the season was scored at 8:52 of the third period on Saturday against Red Deer.
UP NEXT: The Oil Kings will continue their current four-game road trip out West on Wednesday night as they visit the Victoria Royals at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. Puck drop is 8:00 PM MT.