EDMONTON OIL KINGS – GAME NOTES
Saturday, October 13, 2018
EDMONTON OIL KINGS (5-5-0-1) vs. SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS (4-1-1-0)
Edmonton Road Record (2-4-0-1)
Seattle Home Record (2-0-0-0)
Season Game: 12 Road Game: 8
DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS – The Edmonton Oil Kings head into tonight’s contest looking to break a six-game winless drought (0-5-0-1) after a narrow 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Everett Silvertips last night. The Thunderbirds are enjoying a three-game point streak (2-0-1-0), most recently coming off an offensive outburst as they downed the Kelowna Rockets, 9-6, in Kelowna on Wednesday. It’s the last of a six-games-in-nine-nights road trip for the Oil Kings, and the first of two in a row at home for the Thunderbirds. Tonight is the lone game of the weekend for Seattle.
FIRST GOAL WINS – The Oil Kings have scored the first goal of the season in four of their 11 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 1-5-0-1 when surrendering the first goal. The Thunderbirds have scored first in four of their six games this season, and are 4-0-0-0 when striking first. They are 0-1-1-0 when allowing the first goal against.
PENALTY TROUBLE – The Edmonton Oil Kings and Seattle Thunderbirds would both like to see the number of times they are shorthanded in a game come down, as the teams have registered 124 and 126 penalty minutes, respectively, this season. The Thunderbirds 126 penalty minutes have come in just six games played, averaging them 10.5 two-minute minors per game. The Oil Kings have averaged 5.6 two-minute minors per match.
During Edmonton’s six losses this season, they have surrendered 29 power play opportunities to their opponents, who have capitalized on nine of those occasions (31% efficiency). In Seattle’s four wins this season, they are 9-for-24 vs. their opponents on the man advantage (37.5%).
STILL LIGHTING THE LAMP – Despite dropping their last six games, Oil Kings captain and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Trey Fix-Wolansky remains perched near the top of the league standings in points (18), trailing only Portland’s Joachim Blichfeld (22). Fix-Wolansky is also tied for second overall in assists with 12. Vince Loschiavo’s goal last night put him into a tie for first overall in goals (8), with Blichfeld and Kelowna’s Leif Mattson.
GAINING EXPERIENCE – Last night’s loss was a touch pill to swallow after the team twice battled back from one-goal deficits and finally enjoyed their first lead in a game on the road trip before surrendering the go-ahead goal and eventual game winner with just 2:59 to play in the third period. But a silver lining from last night was young Oil Kings goaltender Boston Bilous. The 17-year-old, Langley, BC native suffered just his first regulation loss of the season (2-1-0-1) vs. the Silvertips while turning aside 39 of 44 Everett shots to keep his team in the game for most of the night.