EDMONTON OIL KINGS – GAME NOTES
Saturday, November 24, 2018
EDMONTON OIL KINGS (14-8-2-2) vs. SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS (3-18-1-1)
Edmonton Road Record (8-5-2-2)
Swift Current Home Record (2-6-1-1)
Season Game: 27 Road Game: 18
PICKING UP POINTS – The Edmonton Oil Kings saw an eleven-game point streak come to an end after a 3-1 loss to the Kelowna Rockets last Saturday at Rogers Place, but the team found its way back into the win column with a 4-1 road win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday night. They mustered a single point in their overtime loss to Moose Jaw, 4-3, last night.
FIRST GOAL WINS? – The Oil Kings have scored the first goal of the game in 15 of their 26 games played this season. They are 12-1-1-1 when scoring first, having suffered their first regulation loss of the season when potting the game’s first goal against the Kelowna Rockets last Saturday. They are 2-7-1-1 when surrendering the first goal.
QUEST FOR THE THRONE – Oil Kings captain Trey Fix-Wolansky enters Saturday’s action in a tie for the WHL’s leading point-getter, having registered 15 goals and a league-leading 36 assists for 51 points in 26 games played. He has registered ten games this season with three or more points, and has tallied 17 multi-point games in total which includes a goal and two assist performance last night in Moose Jaw.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – Edmonton’s Jake Neighbours and Vladimir Alistrov both sit in the Top 10 in WHL rookie scoring entering Saturday night’s affair. Neighbours sits seventh, tallying five goals and 15 points in 21 games played. His seven power play assists are second best amongst freshmen. Alistrov has registered four goals and 13 points in 26 games, placing him ninth on the list.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT – Six Oil Kings players were featured in the latest NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ List for the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft, released on Thursday. The Oil Kings led all WHL teams with six rated players (A – Matthew Robertson; C – Jacson Alexander, Vladimir Alistrov, Brett Kemp, David Kope and Boston Bilous). They are one of just two teams in the League to have each a forward, defenceman and a goaltender make the list.