EDMONTON OIL KINGS – GAME NOTES
Sunday, October 6, 2018
EDMONTON OIL KINGS (5-1-0-1) vs. SPOKANE CHIEFS (2-1-0-2)
Edmonton Road Record (2-0-0-1)
Spokane Home Record (1-0-0-1)
Season Game: 8 Road Game: 4
ON THE OPEN ROAD – The Oil Kings play their second of six consecutive games on the road tonight when they face the Spokane Chiefs. It’s the lone meeting between the two teams this season, with the Chiefs claiming a 6-0 victory in their 2017-18 match-up on October 22, 2017.
The Chiefs have gone to a shootout in their last two consecutive games, dropping both. They fell to the Vancouver Giants on the road, 5-4, on Sunday and 3-2 to the Medicine Hat Tigers last night at home. The Oil Kings are also coming off a shootout loss last night to the Kootenay ICE, 5-4.
SPECIAL TEAMS – Through the first five games of the season, the Spokane Chiefs power play ranks 17th overall in the WHL (4-for-22, 18.2% efficiency). The Oil Kings power play has been productive, surrendering just three goals on 26 shorthanded situations (88.5%).
FIX-WOLANSKY – Edmonton Oil Kings captain Trey Fix-Wolansky sits tied for the league lead in points (13) with Portland’s Joachim Blichfeld, Saskatoon’s Kirby Dach, and Red Deer’s Brandon Hagel, and also comes into tonight’s game tied for the league lead in plus/minus with a +8. His nine assists have time tied for the second best mark in the WHL.
GETTING RECOGNIZED – The Spokane Chiefs remain undefeated in regulation on home ice to start the season (1-0-0-1), while the Edmonton Oil Kings are also unblemished in regulation on the road (2-0-0-1). Both teams were listed in the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings this week; the Oil Kings in 5th spot, the Chiefs at 7th.
CENTRAL SCOUTING – The Edmonton Oil Kings and Spokane Chiefs 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 Chiefs. Edmonton defenceman Matthew Robertson was listed as an ‘A’ rating, which indicates a first round candidate.
Oil Kings wingers Vladimir Alistrov, David Kope and defenceman Jacson Alexander, along with Chiefs centre Luke Toporowski, each received ‘C’ ratings as potential fourth/fifth/sixth round candidates.