EDMONTON OIL KINGS – GAME NOTES
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
EDMONTON OIL KINGS (5-2-0-1) vs. TRI-CITY AMERICANS (2-2-0-0)
Edmonton Road Record (2-1-0-1)
Tri-City Home Record (2-2-0-0)
Season Game: 9 Road Game: 5
HOME COOKIN’– The Tri-City Americans have played all their games in the 2018-19 season thus far at home, starting the campaign with a 2-2-0-0 record. Their 14 goals scored in those four home games are the second most by any team at home this season, trailing only the still-undefeated Victoria Royals (16), who sport a 4-0-0-0 record on home ice.
On the flip side, their 2-2-0-0 record is also in part due to surrendering 11 goals against in those four games, the most allowed by any team at home in the U.S. division.
SPECIAL TEAMS – A key for the Oil Kings to return to the win column will be capitalizing on special teams play. Heading into Tuesday night’s play, the Oil Kings boast the fifth best penalty kill in the WHL, going 25-for-29 in successful kills with an 86.2% efficiency. They’ll hope to take advantage of an Americans power play that sits 19th overall in the league, converting on just 3-of-22 opportunities (13.6%).
TURNING THE TIDE – After starting the season 5-0-0-0 out of the gate, the Oil Kings have dropped their last three games (0-2-0-1). Tonight marks their third in a six-game road trip, which they began with a 5-4 shootout loss vs. the Kootenay ICE on Friday. They followed that with a 3-2 loss in regulation to the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday.
REUNITED – A meeting between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Tri-City Americans presented the rare opportunity for family to face off in the WHL, however the latest meeting will have to wait for a later date.
This would have been the lone meeting of the season between twin brothers Will (EDM) and Beck (TC) Warm, but an injury to Will sees the defenceman sidelined and unable to take on his goaltender brother. Beck has dressed in all four games for the Americans this season, sporting a 2.73 goals against average and .898 save percentage.
The brothers met was last season here at Rogers Place on December 15, 2017 but former Oil King Patrick Dea was awarded the start in goal, as opposed to Beck. The Americans skated to a 5-0 shutout win.
In their first every WHL meeting, Beck once again found himself on the bench as opposed to starting in goal for the Americans, but this time it was the Oil Kings who skated to a 5-4 overtime win on November 19, 2016.
FAMILIAR FOE – Tonight will mark the second time defenceman Dominic Schmiemann will face the Edmonton Oil Kings this season. The 19-year old native of James River Bridge, AB was acquired last week from the Calgary Hitmen for a 4th round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, and a conditional 5th round pick in 2020.