EDMONTON OIL KINGS – GAME NOTES
Friday, October 19, 2018
EDMONTON OIL KINGS (5-6-0-1) vs. RED DEER REBELS (5-3-0-1)
Edmonton Home Record (3-1-0-0)
Red Deer Road Record (1-1-0-0)
Season Game: 17 Home Game: 5
WELCOME HOME – The Edmonton Oil Kings head into tonight’s contest looking to break a seven-game winless skid (0-6-0-1) following a 7-3 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday. It was the final game of a six-game road trip, as tonight marks the first time the Oil Kings will play at home since October 3.
The Oil Kings and Red Deer Rebels played a home-and-home series to start the season, with the Oil Kings claiming victories in both games, 4-2 and 4-1. After dropping the second game to Edmonton, however, Red Deer proceeded to go undefeated in regulation in their next six games (4-0-2-0), before falling 2-1 to the Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday.
GETTING ON THE BOARD – The Oil Kings have scored the first goal of the season in four of their 12 games played. When they started the season with a 5-0-0-0 record, they scored the first goal of the game in four of those five contests. The team is 1-6-0-1 when surrendering the first goal. The Rebels have scored first in just two of their nine games this season, and are 1-0-1-0 when striking first. They are 4-3-0-0 when allowing the first goal.
LEADING THE WAY – Oil Kings captain Trey Fix-Wolansky enters this weekend’s action tied for fourth overall in league scoring with 18 points in 12 games. Brandon Hagel leads the way for the Rebels with 15 points in nine games. Oil Kings overage forward Vince Loschiavo is tied for second in the league in goals with eight, while fourth year centre Brett Kemp isn’t far behind with seven. Fix-Wolansky currently boasts the fourth highest number of assists in the league (12), while the Rebels’ Hagel leads his team with 11.
SPECIAL TEAMS – The Red Deer Rebels enter tonight’s game with an edge on both sides of special teams play. They rank fifth overall in the WHL in power play percentage, capitalizing on 27.3% of their opportunities (9-of-33) while surrendering just one shorthanded goal against. The Oil Kings sit 18th on the PP with an 18.5% efficiency (10-of-54) with four shorthanded goals against.
On the penalty kill, the Rebels sit seventh overall with 31-of-37 kills (83.8%), while the Oil Kings are 38-of-51 (74.5%) and sit 14th.
ON THE NATIONAL STAGE – Oil Kings’ goaltender Sebastian Cossa and forward Jake Neighbours were selected to represent Canada at the upcoming 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Quispamsis and Saint John, New Brunswick next month. Captain Trey Fix-Wolansky will also be under the spotlight, as the Columbus Blue Jackets prospect will dress as a member of Team WHL for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series on November 5 and 6.