Oil Kings Thaw Ice 2-0
Edmonton, AB - Tristan Jarry turned aside 20 shots for the shutout while T.J. Foster and Henrik Samuelsson provided the offence with a goal apiece as the Oil Kings blanked the Kootenay Ice 2-0 on Friday night at Rexall Place. With the win, the Oil Kings avenged their 5-4 shootout loss on Wednesday in Cranbrook. The victory moved the Oil Kings record to 17-5-2-3 as they moved into sole possession of first in the WHL's Central Division.
Foster opened the scoring six minutes into the night as he notched his 13th of the season. The native of Slave Lake took a pass from Michael St.Croix in the slot and buried top shelf to give the Kings the early 1-0 lead. Kootenay played a tight road game holding the score to 1-0 through the first frame despite being out shot 12-7.
The tight play continued in the second until rookie Brandon Baddock had his second WHL fight against Kootenay's Mike Simpson. The spirited tilt looked to spark the Oil Kings as Samuelsson made it a 2-0 game in the final minute of the period. Samuelsson picked up a great pass from St.Croix and was able to tuck in the breakaway goal with a nice forehand backhand.
Both Foster and Samuelsson continue to be on pace for a career seasons with 13 goals and 16 assists each. Foster is an undrafted 20 year old from Slave Lake, AB who is the Oil Kings all time leader with 296 career WHL games. Samuelsson, who hails from the United States was the first round selection of his hometown Phoenix Coyotes last summer.
The Oil Kings were determined to right the wrongs of Wednesday's loss as they pushed to put the game away at the start the third. Edmonton would go on to out shoot the Ice 14-3 in the third and 44-20 on the night. The Edmonton penalty kill continued to dominate holding Kootenay to 0 for 3 with the man advantage. The Kings currently boast the number one ranked penalty kill in the league at a lethal 92.9%.
The shutout was Jarry's second of his WHL career as he raised his record to 6-3-0-0. Jarry has had a breakout year so far with a 1.33 GAA and a 0.944 save percentage to go with his two shutouts.
Next up, it'll be another Family Fun SUN Day presented by Mott's Fruitsations and the Edmonton SUN THIS Sunday, December 2nd as the Oil Kings take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes - Family friendly 4 PM puck drop at Rexall Place!
Family Fun SUNDay includes a kids zone with lots of inflatables and carnival activities for the kids. The new kids sized meal combos including a hamburger or hot dog, small fries and small pop are only $6. Popcorn is just $2 bucks!
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One of the best ways to get to a Family Fun SUNday is the Global Family Pack powered by Booster Juice. That's one ticket and a Booster Juice smoothie for just $17. Purchase a minimum of 3 tickets or a maximum of 8.
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Again, fans should note of the 4 PM start time - all the Oil Kings remaining regular season Family Fun SUNday games at Rexall Place have been scheduled for 4 PM. The Kings have six remaining Family Fun SUN Days - December 2nd & 16th, January 20th & 27th and February 17th.
Season Seat Holders are reminded that the Never Waste A Ticket program has changed. You may redeem any unused tickets from the start of the season through Friday, December 27th by Monday, December 31st. You'll be able to redeem second half unused tickets from January until the end of the regular season. It is recommended that fans drop by the Ticket Office at TELUS Field during regular business hours to avoid the game day rush. You can also call an Oil Kings customer experience representative at (780) 414-GOAL (4625) to choose your games and arrange for a speedy pick-up on game day.
Tickets are available at OILKINGS.CA, at the Rexall Place Box Office or at Ticketmaster outlets. For more information on season seats or flex packs, call 780-414-GOAL (4625). All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca. The Oil Kings 2012-13 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.
UNITED CYCLE AUTOGRAPH SESSION SATURDAY!
Your opportunity to meet and get autographs from the entire Oil Kings team is this Saturday morning from 11am until 12pm at the United Cycle Autograph Session! Oil Kings players will be on hand at United Cycle, located at 7620 Gateway Boulevard, to sign autographs and meet fans. The first 50 people in line will receive a free hockey cap and fans can also enter to win an Oil Kings team-autographed jersey.
LIVE BLOG SUMMARY
20:00 – The Oil Kings start Tristan Jarry between the pipes, Cody Corbett and Griffin Reinhart on the back end and the line of Curtis Lazar, Henrik Samuelsson and Stephane Legault up front. Keegan Lowe, Travis Ewanyk and Martin Gernat are out with injuries, while Brett Pollock is a healthy scratch.
13:46 – GOAL! The top-scoring forward line of Michael St. Croix, Dylan Wruck and T.J. Foster goes to work in the Kootenay zone, with St. Croix feeding Foster in the slot for his 13th goal and 29th point to put Edmonton up 1-0. The Slave Lake native beats goalie Mackenzie Skapski with a low wrist shot. St. Croix's assist gives him a team-leading 36 points on the year.
12:12 – After Henrik Samuelsson crunches Luke Philp into the sideboards, David Musil hauls down Erik Benoit in the corner in the Oil Kings zone and is sent off for tripping, putting the Ice on the PP.
10:12 – The Oil Kings continue their dominant penalty killing, stopping the Ice on their man advantage. Edmonton led the WHL with a 92.7% PK success rate heading into the game.
6:40 – Jon Martin breaks in on a partial break for the Ice and fires a high wrist shot on net, but Jarry makes a shoulder save and Corbett squashes the rebound to preserve the 1-0 Oil Kings advantage.
0:00 – Foster's goal stands up as the lone first period marker as the Oil Kings lead the Ice 1-0. Jarry turns aside seven shots to post a perfect save percentage in the opening frame, while Skapski goes 11-for-12.
13:29 – Legault gets the puck in the slot and wires a point-blank slapshot off the far post for the best chance of the middle frame to this point.
12:44 – Mitch Moroz is sent off for high-sticking, putting the WHL's top PK unit back on the ice for another kill.
10:49 – The Ice get their best scoring chance of the game on the PP as Joey Leach fires a point shot and Zach McPhee tips it off the post past Jarry. The puck stays out, though, and the Oil Kings kill off yet another penalty.
5:35 – Cole Benson is sprung on a breakaway but is denied by Skapski after a couple of quick dekes and a hard wrist shot high blocker side, keeping Edmonton's lead at 1-0.
4:14 – A scrum in the Ice crease turns into a scrap between the Oil Kings' Brandon Baddock and Kootenay's Mike Simpson. Both fighters land a number of lefts and rights, with Baddock delivering the final blow and the take-down. They each receiver five-minute majors, while Edmonton's Klarc Wilson and Kootenay's Austin Vetterl are also sent off with 10-minute misconducts.
3:07 – Some more nifty passing by Wruck, St. Croix and Foster leads to a clear wrister for Foster to Skapski's left, but the Oil Kings sniper is stoned by the netminder.
2:57 – Stephen Shmoorkoff is penalized for checking from behind, sending the Oil Kings to their third PK of the game.
0:26 – GOAL! On a virtual carbon copy of Benson's previous breakaway, Samuelsson is sent in alone and makes no mistake, beating Skapski with a backhand deke to make it 2-0 Oil Kings. The Phoenix Coyotes 2012 first-round selection has his 13th goal and 29th point of the season.
0:00 – Samuelsson's goal extends Edmonton's lead to 2-0 through 40 minutes. The Oil Kings have fired 30 shots on goal, while Jarry has turned aside all 17 he's faced through two periods.
11:27 – Plenty of Oil Kings pressure to start the third as they lead shots in the finale frame 8-0 but the score remains 2-0 for the home side.
4:50 – Latvian import Edgars Kulda streaks down the right wing and takes the puck hard to the net on his backhand, but Skapski shuts the door to keep the Oil Kings lead at 2-0.
2:39 – Philp gets the puck on the doorstep in front of Jarry for a split second but Musil lays the body and knocks him off the puck to prevent a scoring chance.
0:52 – Kootenay calls a timeout and pulls Skapski in favour of an extra attacker.
0:00 – VICTORY! Jarry stops 20 shots for the shutout while Foster and Samuelsson score the goals to lead the Oil Kings to the 2-0 blanking. The final shot tally is 44-20 for Edmonton.