EDMONTON OIL KINGS – GAME NOTES
Friday, October 5, 2018
EDMONTON OIL KINGS (5-1-0-0) vs. KOOTENAY ICE (1-2-0-0)
Edmonton Road Record (2-0-0-0)
Kootenay Home Record (1-1-0-0)
Season Game: 7 Road Game: 3
SPECIAL TEAMS – Tonight will see the 3rd overall ranked Kootenay power play (5-for-15, 33.3% efficiency) face off against Edmonton’s 2nd ranked overall penalty kill (20-for-22, 90.9%).
ON THE OPEN ROAD – The Oil Kings embark on one of their longest road trips of the season as tonight is the first of a six-games-in-nine-days road trip through western Canada and the north eastern United States. The schedule for the ICE is the polar opposite; light and at home. They kick off the first of three in their friendly confines, which follows with the rest of the weekend off before hosting the Medicine Hat Tigers on Monday and the Regina Pats on Friday.
LOOKING FOR A W – After winning their first game of the season, 5-3, against the Calgary Hitmen, the Kootenay ICE have dropped their last two games to fall to 1-2-0-0 on the young season. The Oil Kings are looking to avoid dropping two in a row for the first time this season after a 5-3 loss – their first of the season – to the Saskatoon Blades at Rogers Place on Wednesday night.
FAMILIAR FACE – Edmonton will see a familiar face in the Kootenay lineup tonight as they take on former Oil Kings forward Brendan Semchuk. It was just last Thursday that Semchuk was acquired by the ICE in a deal which saw a conditional 4th round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft go back the other way. Semchuk joined the Oil Kings on January 10, 2018 in a trade with the Vancouver Giants and skated in two games this season before the trade. Through five WHL seasons he has accumulated 21 goals and 48 points in 147 regular season games. He is slated to play in his third game as a member of the ICE tonight.
CENTRAL SCOUTING – The Edmonton Oil Kings and Kootenay ICE were each represented in the NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ list that was issued on Monday. Of the 110 CHL players listed, 35 are members of the Western Hockey League. Of those 35, four are Oil Kings while one is a member of the Blades. Edmonton defenceman Matthew Robertson and Kootenay’s former first overall selection, Peyton Krebs, were each listed as an ‘A’ rating, which indicates a first round candidate.
Oil Kings wingers Vladimir Alistrov, David Kope and defenceman Jacson Alexander each received ‘C’ ratings as potential fourth/fifth/sixth round candidates.