Sunday, January 16, 2011

Oil Kings in the Jaw Tonight at 7:00 pm

Warriors Sink Raiders Last Night
The Moose Jaw Warriors snapped a three game losing streak last night with a 7-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders at the Art Hauser Centre. Brett Lyon had two goals and three points; Quinton Howden scored two goals; Spencer Edwards had a goal and two points; Dylan Hood and Dallas Ehrhardt scored one goal each; Jesse Paradis had two assists; Kendall McFaull, Joel Edmundson, Morgan Rielly, Collin Bowman, Sam Fioretti, and Sebastian Svendsen had one assist each; Thomas Heemskerk made 30 saves in the win. Moose Jaw was 1/6 on the power play and 4/5 on the penalty kill.

v. Edmonton
Tonight is the Warriors and Edmonton Oil Kings second meeting of the season and first this season at the Civic Centre. The Oil Kings won their only meeting 3-2 October 3rd in Edmonton. Moose Jaw was 3-1 against Edmonton last season and is 4-2 at home against the Oil Kings in the last five years.

Spencer Edwards and Nathan MacMaster scored for the Warriors in their only meeting against Edmonton this season; Thomas Heemskerk is 0-1 with a 3.05gaa and .929sv%.
Jordan Hickmott leads the Oil Kings with a goal and two points against the Warriors; Marek Hrbas and Kristians Pelss have one goal each; T.J. Foster, Josh Lazowski, Mike Piluso, and Michael St. Croix have one assist each; Cam Lanigan is 1-0 with a 2.00gaa and .920sv%.

As for the Visitors....

WHEAT KINGS HARVESTED: An unbelievable flurry of five goals in one minute and 55 seconds by all four forward lines during the second period highlighted the Oil Kings' 9-0 domination of the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night at Westman Place. After a scoreless first, the Oil Kings put six on the board in the second and added three more in the third to destroy the Wheat Kings for their second straight win, following up a 4-1 decision over the Pats on Friday in Regina. Edmonton has now scored nine goals in a game twice this season. Three different Oil Kings forwards scored a pair of goals against the Wheat Kings, as LW Dylan Wruck tallied his 22nd and 23rd of the season to take the team lead, while RW T.J. Foster scored his 16th and 17th, and C Colton Stephenson notched his second and third. Lost in the offensive explosion was G Laurent Brossoit who posted a 25-save shutout — his second goose egg of the season. The Oil Kings look to make it three wins in a row tonight in Moose Jaw.

SEASON TO DATE: The Oil Kings are 22-19-0-2 on the year and have won 15 of their last 22. They’ve had two modern franchise record five-game winning streaks this season, including the second of those streaks in December, as they dominated Brandon 8-4, beat the Hitmen 5-2, squeaked past Kelowna 2-1, pounded Regina 9-3 and beat Swift Current 3-1. They dropped two straight before the holiday break, 1-0 to Chilliwack and 4-2 in Saskatoon, before beating Lethbridge 3-2 on Dec. 27 and 5-4 in a shootout on Dec. 29. They closed out 2010 with a 4-2 win over Brandon on Dec. 31. The Oil Kings started 2011 with a 2-1 loss to Kootenay on Jan. 2, a 5-2 loss in Medicine Hat on Jan. 4, a dominant 7-1 victory over Regina on Jan. 8, a 5-2 defeat to Kootenay on Wednesday, Friday’s 4-1 win in Regina and Saturday’s 9-0 thrashing in Brandon.

DEADLINE DEAL: The Oil Kings were part of one transaction prior to last Monday’s WHL Trade Deadline, as they acquired RW Mark Reners from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a fifth-round WHL Bantam Draft pick in 2012. Reners is an 18-year-old from Pincher Creek, AB, who was selected by Lethbridge Hurricanes in the first round (18th overall) of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft. He started the 2010-11 season in Lethbridge and scored six goals and five assists in 20 games before getting traded to Vancouver, where he played 11 games and scored two goals and one assist. Reners has scored one goal and three assists in three games since the trade.

Off the Ice:
Tonight Tony Honejsek and Morgan Rielly will be signing autographs post game!

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