Friday, February 11, 2011

Warriors vs Oil Kings Tonight 7 pm

Tonight is the fourth meeting of the season between the Warriors and Edmonton Oil Kings. Moose Jaw is 2-1 so far this season, posting a 1-0 record at home and 1-1 record on the road. The Warriors have outscored the Oil Kings 11-8.

Antonin Honejsek leads the Warriors with two goals and six points against Edmonton; Sebastian Svendsen has three goals and four points (1-1-2pts w/PA); Collin Bowman has two goals and three points; Dylan McIlrath has a goal and three points; Joey Kornelsen has a goal and two points; Joel Edmundson, Dylan Hood, and Quinton Howden have two assists each; Thomas Heemskerk is 2-1 with a 2.68gaa and .918sv%.

Jordan Hickmott leads the Oil Kings with two goals and four points against the Warriors; Kristians Pelss has three goals; TJ Foster has a goal and three points; Mark Pysyk has two assists; Marek Hrbas and Mark Reners have one goal each; Laurent Brossoit is 0-2 with a 4.54gaa and .855sv%.
Hot and Cold
- Joel Edmundson has five assists in the last 10 games
- Morgan Rielly has two assists in the last 10 games.
- Dylan McIlrath has a goal and four points in the last nine games
- Collin Bowman has two goals and six points in the last eight games.
- Sam Fioretti has a goal and two points in the last 14 games
- Joey Kornelsen has two goals and five points in the last 10 games
- Jesse Paradis has five assists in the last 11 games
- Cody Beach has one goal in the last five games
- Sebastian Svendsen has four goals and eight points in the last 11 games
- Quinton Howden has nine goals and 17 points in the last 12 games
- Spencer Edwards has six goals and nine points in his last eight games
- Dylan Hood has four goals and 13 points in the last 10 games
- Antonin Honejsek has four goals and 11 points in the last eight games
- Moose Jaw’s power play has one goal in the last four games (1-for-21)
- Moose Jaw’s penalty kill has allowed 12 goals in the last five games (12ga/33opp)
- Moose Jaw is 16-7-2 v East Division
- Moose Jaw is 10-2-2-2 in one goal games and 8-4 in two goal games

Notes from the Opposition:

COMEBACK CRUSHES COUGARS: It was déjà vu for the Oil Kings on Tuesday at Rexall Place, as they overcame a sizeable deficit after 40 minutes to score four goals in the third period and post a dramatic victory over the Prince George Cougars for the second time this season. The Oil Kings and Cougars' first matchup of the year was on Oct. 10 at Rexall, and the home side trailed 6-3 after two periods only to come back and score four straight goals, eventually winning 8-7 in overtime as LW Dylan Wruck tallied the game-winner with less than one second left in sudden-death. Tuesday's thrilling affair was almost an exact replica, as the Oil Kings trailed 5-2 going into the final frame only to score four times and emerge with a 6-5 victory. Edmonton outshot Prince George 26-5 in the third period, and none other than Wruck notched the game-winner with 1:33 left on the clock. LW Rhett Rachinski, D Adrian Van de Mosselaer, C Travis Ewanyk, C Jordan Hickmott and LW Mike Piluso also scored in the win.

SEASON TO DATE: The Oil Kings currently have a 25-26-1-3 record this season, which includes two modern franchise record five-game winning streaks during the first half of the campaign. So far in 2011, the Oil Kings are 6-10-1-1 and are on a one-game winning streak following Tuesday’s comeback victory over Prince George. They sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 54 points. Prince Albert and Swift Current each have 49 points to sit in seventh and eighth place, respectively, with one and three more games played than Edmonton, respectively. The Oil Kings and Warriors (31-20-2-2) are playing each other tonight for their fourth and final matchup of the season. Moose Jaw leads the season series 2-1, with a 3-2 Edmonton win on Oct. 3, as well as 3-2 and 6-3 Moose Jaw wins on Jan. 16 and Jan. 21, respectively.

WRUCK’S RECORD: Oil Kings LW Dylan Wruck scored his 30th goal of the season on Feb. 2 against the Tri-City Americans. With his 30th goal, the 18-year-old Saskatoon native set a new Oil Kings modern franchise record for goals in a single season, as he passed C Brenden Dowd, who tallied 29 in 2008-09. Wruck’s 32nd goal on Tuesday versus Prince George bumped him up to 58 points on the year, putting him four points back of Dowd and LW Jeff Lee, who scored 62 points apiece during the 2008-09 campaign. Wruck has 17 games remaining to score five more points and surpass Dowd and Lee to claim the modern franchise record for points in a single season as well.

VINCOUR MAKES HISTORY: RW Tomas Vincour made Oil Kings modern franchise history on Wednesday when he was called up to the NHL's Dallas Stars from their AHL affiliate Texas Stars and played his first career NHL game. Vincour is the first former member of the modern Oil Kings franchise to play an NHL regular season game. The 20-year-old logged 10:29 of ice time and registered one shot on goal as the Stars lost 3-2 in OT to the Phoenix Coyotes. Vincour played 147 regular season games with the Oil Kings during the 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons and tallied 50 goals and 51 assists for 101 points during that time. He was selected by Dallas in the fifth round (129th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and has played 44 games for the AHL's Texas Stars this season, scoring five goals and seven assists for 12 points.

INJURY REPORT: The Oil Kings are currently without the services of D Griffin Reinhart and RW Josh Lazowski, who are both out of the lineup for the remainder of the regular season as a result of injuries. Reinhart (wrist) was the top-scoring Edmonton defenceman prior to his injury on Jan. 29 against Prince Albert that will see him miss eight weeks. The 16-year-old rookie defenceman from West Vancouver, BC tallied six goals and 19 assists through 44 games. He was also selected as the team’s Unsung Hero for January. Lazowski (shoulder) was also a top point producer, as the 19-year-old first-year winger from Leduc, AB scored nine goals and 19 assists through 32 games.

Off the Ice Tonight
It is SGI's game night! A SADD group from Vanier will be coming in... look for them on the concourse and for an intermission geared towards how drinking impairs your vision and ability to drive.

Dont't forget, tomorrow night we are helping out the Moose Jaw Humane Society... bring a pet toy and buy some raffle tickets!

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