Saturday, November 27
Edmonton Oil Kings (10-14-0-1) vs. Calgary Hitmen (6-18-1-0)
7 p.m. – Scotiabank Saddledome
GIANT VICTORY: RW Josh Lazowski and RW T.J. Foster scored 43 seconds apart late in the third period to give the Edmonton Oil Kings a 6-4 victory over the Vancouver Giants during Grey Cup Growwwl Night on Friday at Rexall Place. After the Oil Kings and Giants battled back and forth for the majority of the game, Lazowski scored on a breakaway with 3:54 to go in the third period, and Foster added the insurance marker with 3:11 left to lead the home side to the win. D Griffin Reinhart, C Jordan Hickmott, C Travis Ewanyk and Lazowski scored the other four goals. The Oil Kings (10-14-0-1) will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they battle the Calgary Hitmen (6-18-1-0) tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
SEASON AT A GLANCE: The Oil Kings got off to a solid start to the 2010-11 season when they won a modern franchise record five straight games to sit at 5-2 through their first seven. They struggled after setting the franchise best, though, going winless in nine games before defeating the Prince George Cougars on Nov. 6 and the Chilliwack Bruins on Nov. 9 on the road to go on a modest two-game streak. They posted three straight one-goal losses after that, however, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Rockets in Kelowna on Nov. 10, a 4-3 decision to the Chiefs in Spokane on Nov. 12, and a 1-0 decision to the Ice in Kootenay on Nov. 13 to conclude their six-game road trip. But they returned home with a huge effort last Saturday night, shutting out the nationally-ranked Red Deer Rebels 3-0. They dropped their first game of the season against the provincial rival Calgary Hitmen 3-2 on Tuesday, but then got revenge on Calgary on Wednesday with a 4-3 victory before beating Vancouver 6-4 on Friday to improve to 10-14-0-1.
WORLD JUNIOR HOPEFUL: Oil Kings captain D Mark Pysyk finds out Monday if he’s been selected to try out for Canada’s National Junior Team that will compete at the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship, Dec. 26, 2010 to Jan. 5, 2011 in Buffalo, N.Y. The tryout roster will be named Monday morning in Toronto, and Pysyk is a favourable candidate, as he attended the World Junior Development Camp earlier this year.
GREY CUP GROWWWL: The Oil Kings celebrated their Hot To Huddle Grey Cup Growwwl on Friday as a salute to the 2010 Grey Cup to be played Sunday at Commonwealth Stadium. They wore special edition green and gold Grey Cup Growwwl jerseys, which were auctioned off during and after the game, raising more than $5,000 for the Oil Kings Education Association. Edmonton Eskimos players were special guests at the game, and one fan went home with $1,000 in groceries from the Oil Kings and the game sponsor, Save-On-Foods, by winning the Punt, Pass & Kick competition.
NHL NOISE: The Oil Kings feature three players on their roster who attended NHL training camps this past September – D Mark Pysyk (1st round, 23rd overall, Buffalo 2010), RW Cam Abney (3rd round, 82nd overall, Edmonton 2009) and RW Kristians Pelss (7th round, 181st overall, Edmonton 2010). Abney and Pelss suited up for the Oilers rookies at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton in mid-September. The Hitmen, meanwhile, also feature three draft picks — D Matt MacKenzie (3rd round, Buffalo 2010), C Jimmy Bubnick (6th round, Atlanta 2009) and LW Kris Foucault (4th round, Minnesota 2009).
UPCOMING GAMES: The Oil Kings’ next home game is another Wiener Wednesday on Wednesday, Dec. 1 against the Prince Albert Raiders at 7 p.m. at Rexall Place, where hot dogs will be on sale for just $2 all night long. The Oil Kings will then host the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday, Dec. 3 also at 7 p.m. at Rexall, and it will be Salute To Elvis Night. Tickets to all Oil Kings home games are available starting at just $15 by calling 780-414-GOAL or at oilkings.ca.