Preview – Oil Kings @ Royals – February 14, 2018
LAST GAME: The Edmonton Oil Kings opened up a four-game road trip in Kamloops on Monday afternoon for an early matinee matchup against the Blazers on British Columbia’s Family Day where they picked up two points in the 4-1 victory. Kamloops opened the scoring on Monday afternoon as left-winger Jackson Shepard picked up his seventh of the season just under two minutes into the first frame. It was all Edmonton to start the second period as captain Colton Kehler’s shot beat Blazers netminder Dylan Ferguson to put the Oil Kings on the board and tie the game. Just 22 seconds later, Oil Kings Brendan Semchuk would net his 12th goal of the season to put Edmonton ahead 2-1. Kehler’s success on the powerplay continued on Monday afternoon as he picked up his 11th powerplay goal of the season midway through the period to give the Oil Kings a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. Ethan Cap would add an empty netter late in the third to secure the win over the Blazers. Monday’s game closed out the Oil Kings season series against the Blazers, with the win the Oil Kings put up a record of 1-1-0-0 against Kamloops this season.
2017-18 REGULAR SEASON LEADERS:
- Goals: Colton Kehler – 26
- Assists: Trey Fix-Wolansky – 41
- Points: Trey Fix-Wolansky – 64
- PIM: Conner McDonald – 66
- +/-: Carter Souch – -2
- GWG: Trey Fix-Wolansky – 5
- PPG: Colton Kehler – 11
- SHG: David Kope – 2
OIL KINGS VS. ROYALS: The Edmonton Oil Kings will close out their three-game season series against the Victoria Royals on Wednesday night in Victoria. Through their two games played against each other this season, the Oil Kings have put up a record of 0-1-1-0 against the Royals. The last time these two teams played against one another was on November 10 in Victoria. In that game, Brett Kemp and Kobe Mohr would net goals for Edmonton but the team would ultimatley fall to the Royals by a final score of 3-2. Brett Kemp picked up third star honours in the contest.
EOK vs. Royals this season:
- Wednesday, October 18 at Rogers Place – VIC wins 3-2 in OT
- Friday, November 10 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – VIC wins 3-2
EL CAPITAN: Oil Kings captain Colton Kehler has helped lead his team to success as of late capturing 4 points (3G, 1A) in his last two games. In Edmonton’s last game against the Blazers, Kehler scored two goals adding to his career-high and team leading 26 goals this season. In addition, Kehler’s second goal of the night, the insurance goal of the game, was scored on the power play marking Kehler’s team leading 11th power play goal of the season.
GOLDEN IN GOAL: Edmonton netminder Josh Dechaine was dynamite in Monday afternoon’s 4-1 victory over the Blazers. Dechaine is currently on a two-game winning streak between the pipes for the Oil Kings. In his last two starts, Dechaine has stopped 58 of 62 shots on goal allowing just four goals against. Dechaine has been a key contributor in Edmonton’s current two-game winning streak.
PICKING UP POINTS: Oil Kings Trey Fix-Wolansky has had no problems with point production this season collecting 11 points in his last 10 games. Fix-Wolansky is currently on a two-game point streak with 3 points (1G, 2A).
CONSISTENT STREAK: With their win on Monday afternoon against the Blazers the Oil Kings extended their winning streak to two-games. This marks the third time this season the team has won two games in a row:
- December 27 @ RD (3-1) and December 28 vs RD (4-3 OT)
- January 9 @ BDN (3-2 OT) and January 10 @ REG (4-3 OT)
- February 10 vs RD (4-3) and February 12 @ KAM (4-1)
GAME WINNER: Oil Kings right-winger Brendan Semchuk netted his 12th goal of the season on Monday against Kamloops, picking up his first game winning goal as an Oil King and third game winning goal of his Western Hockey League (WHL) career.
CAPPIN’ OFF A GREAT WIN: Oil Kings defenceman Ethan Cap scored an empty net goal on Monday securing Edmonton’s win. With the goal, Cap now has four goals on the season and is tied with teammates Conner McDonald and Matthew Robertson for most goals scored by an Oil Kings defenceman so far this season.
UP NEXT: The Oil Kings will continue their four-game road trip with a stop in Vancouver to face off against the Giants on Friday night. Puck drop is 8:30 PM MT.