Preview: Oil Kings vs Blades – February 19, 2018
LAST GAME: The Edmonton Oil Kings wrapped up a four-game road trip on Saturday night as Trey Fix-Wolansky scored the shootout winner lifting Edmonton to a 3-2 shootout victory over Kelowna. Just over ve minutes into the rst frame Rockets defenceman Cal Foote opened up the scoring to give Kelowna an early 1-0 lead. Oil Kings Conner McDonald would answer back at 11:58 on the powerplay netting his 5th of the season to tie the game. In the second frame, Brayden Chizen put the Rockets back in front unassisted at 5:52. Late in the second, Tomas Soustal would score on his former team picking up his 16th of the season and tying the game back up. Brett Kemp picked up the helper on the play. In the third, neither team was able to nd the back of the net sending it to overtime. However, the overtime period would solve nothing so the game would head to a shootout, the second shootout of this four-game road trip for the Oil Kings. In the shootout, Scott stopped all three shooters for Kelowna. Trey Fix-Wolansky would beat Rockets netminder James Porter to close out the road trip with a victory.
2017-18 REGULAR SEASON LEADERS:
- Goals: Colton Kehler – 26
- Points: Trey Fix-Wolansky – 66
- +/-: Carter Souch – -1
- PPG: Colton Kehler – 11
- Assists: Trey Fix-Wolansky – 42
- PIM: Conner McDonald – 70
- GWG: Trey Fix-Wolansky – 5
- SHG: David Kope – 2
OIL KINGS VS. BLADES: The Edmonton Oil Kings will face off against the Saskatoon Blades for the third time this season on Monday afternoon at Rogers Place. In their two previous meetings this season, the Oil Kings have put up a record of 0-2-0-0. The last time Saskatoon visited Rogers Place was on November 4 as Edmonton hosted their rst-ever Star Wars Night. In that game, Trey Fix-Wolansky and Tomas Soustal would net goals for the Oil Kings in the 3-2 loss. Oil Kings netminder Boston Bilous would stop 25 of 28 shots on goal in the contest. The Oil Kings and Blades will close out their four-game season series on Tuesday, March 6 at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.
EOK vs. Blades this season:
- Saturday, November 4 at Rogers Place – SAS wins 3-2
- January 26 at SaskTel Centre – SAS wins 5-0
CENTURY MAN: Oil Kings left-winger Ty Gerla is one game away from playing in his 100th career Western Hockey League (WHL) game. Through 56 games played this season, Gerla has put up 18 points (3G, 15A).
BC ROADY: The Oil Kings will return to Rogers Place on Monday afternoon after playing a four-game road trip in B.C. that saw the team playing four games in six nights. On the road trip, the Oil Kings were very successful putting up a record of 3-1-0-0 with two shootout victories.
SHOOTOUT WINNER: Oil Kings Trey Fix-Wolansky would score the shootout winner on Saturday night to close out Edmonton’s road trip with a 3-2 win over the Kelowna Rockets. This marks Fix-Wolansky’s rst career shootout winner in the WHL.
SOUSTAL STRONG: Tomas Soustal has been great offensively for Edmonton as of late, in his last ve games Soustal has put up 5 points (3G, 2A). Soustal scored his 16th goal of the season on Saturday against Kelowna which would tie the game and send it to overtime and an eventual shootout.
POWERPLAY TALLY: Oil Kings defenceman Conner McDonald scored his second powerplay goal of the season on Saturday night. McDonald currently sits third on the team in assists (29) and fourth on the team in points (34).
SCOTT STANDS TALL: Todd Scott put on a great performance in net on Saturday night against the Rockets stopping 29 of 31 shots on goal and all three Rocket shooters in the shootout. With the win Scott’s record improved to 3-4-0-0 with Edmonton this season.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Edmonton returns to home ice on Monday afternoon after a long stretch of road games. 15 of their last 18 games have been played on the road with only three games played at Rogers Place over the past 43 days.
UP NEXT: The Oil Kings will head back out on the road on Friday as they travel south to take on the Calgary Hitmen in the Battle of Alberta at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Puck drop is 7:00 PM MT.