Game Preview: Sunday, January 13 vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Lethbridge Hurricanes (23-11-4-4) vs. Edmonton Oil Kings (23-14-4-3)

Lethbridge Road Record (10-5-4-1)
Edmonton Home Record (13-7-0-0)

Season Game: 45  Home Game: 21


  • The Edmonton Oil Kings and Lethbridge Hurricanes meet for the final time this evening at Rogers Place. The Oil Kings come into tonight’s game with a 3-1-0-1 record in the season series, earning victories on October 28, November 12, and two nights ago on January 11. The lone regulation win by the Hurricanes over the Oil Kings this season came one week ago here at Rogers Place.
  • Tonight marks the third time the Hurricanes and Oil Kings have clashed in the last four games. Edmonton plays its fourth of six straight games against a Central Division foe today, as they’ll take on the Medicine Hat Tigers on the road on Wednesday before welcoming the Calgary Hitmen to town next Saturday for a 1:30 PM MT start.
  • Edmonton looks to close out their 3-in-3 weekend by earning their third straight win. They were victorious, 5-1, in Lethbridge on Friday night and are coming off a hard-fought 2-1 overtime win in Medicine Hat last night.
  • The Medicine Hat game last night reunited both Oil Kings forward Josh Williams and Tigers forward Brett Kemp to their former teams in short order. The two were involved in a one-for-one trade as the WHL’s Trade Deadline came to a close on Thursday afternoon. The Oil Kings made just two deals that day, also sending goaltender Boston Bilous to the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for a conditional sixth round draft pick.
  • Oil Kings defenceman Will Warm made his long-awaited return to the line-up Friday, January 4 vs. the Victoria Royals. The 19-year-old played just five games to start the season before suffering a lower-body injury on September 29 which caused him to miss 35 games.
  • Portland’s Joachim Blichfeld (79) has extended his WHL point-scoring lead to seven over Oil Kings captain Trey Fix-Wolansky (72). Fix-Wolansky leads all WHL skaters in assists (48) in his 42 games played. He has boasted a pair of 11-game point streaks this season, the first from Oct. 19 – Nov. 16 (7G, 21A = 28 points) and the second from Nov. 21 – Dec. 28 (11G, 13A = 24 points). He has registered 22 multi-point games this season; 13 games of those games having tallied three-or more points.
  • A pair of Oil Kings forwards are nearing their 300 regular season games played mark. Quinn Benjafield (inj.) sits at 295 games played, while Vince Loschiavo (294) could hit the milestone as early as January 29 vs. the Brandon Wheat Kings. Forwards Scott Atkinson and Josh Williams are approaching the 100 regular season games mark, coming into today’s gave having played 92 and 94 games, respectively.
  • Oil Kings defenceman Matthew Robertson remains day-to-day after being involved in a collision near the end of the first period December 29 vs. the Red Deer Rebels. Robertson has registered five goals and 16 assists for 21 points in 32 games played this season.
  • Edmonton has not lost in regulation when leading after 40 minutes of play (15-0-2-1). The Oil Kings have been outshot 13 times this season and have still managed to earn points in more than half of those games (5-6-1-1).
  • The Oil Kings have scored the first goal of the game in 24 of their 44 games played this season. After starting the season 12-0-0-0 when scoring the game’s first goal, they are now 17-5-1-1 when taking the first lead.
  • A group of six Oil Kings prospects will represent the team at the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games. Forwards Michael Abgrall, Carson Latimer and Kobe Verbicky will dress for Team British Columbia, while forward Dylan Guenther and defencemen Keagan Slaney and Matt Smith will represent Team Alberta. The tournament takes place in Red Deer from February 15 to March 3.
  • Oil Kings defenceman Matthew Robertson and newly acquired forward Josh Williams have been selected as two of 16 WHL players to participate in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Red Deer on January 23. Robertson will dress as a member of Team Cherry while Williams will skate for Team Orr. Oil Kings Athletic Therapist, Brian Cheeseman and Equipment Manager, Rogan Dean have been selected to staff Team Orr.
  • Five current Oil Kings players were featured in the latest NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ List for the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft: (A – Matthew Robertson (inj.); B – Josh Williams; C – Jacson Alexander (inj), Vladimir Alistrov, and David Kope).
  • Oil Kings Belarusian imports Andrei Pavlenko and Vladimir Alistrov earned silver at the 2019 IIHF U20 World Championships, Division I – Group A in Germany last month. They skated to a 3-2 record in the tournament, which was won by host Germany. Alistrov tallied a pair of goals and six points for Belarus.
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