Oil Kings vs. Wheat Kings GAME BLOG

Dec 31, 2012 - 17:45 GMT
Written By: Dittrick, Ryan

FIRST PERIOD

20:00: Laurent Brossoit starts in goal; Cody Corbett and Ashton Sautner start on defence; Mitch Moroz, Klarc Wilson and Travis Ewanyk start at forward.

18:48: Keegan Lowe gets caught on the wrong side of the puck and is forced to take a hooking penalty. Coming into tonight's game the Oil Kings' penalty kill had a success rate of 91.3 percent.

17:30: Curtis Lazar is sprung on a partial break shorthanded, but he was unable to get much on the shot, allowing Corbin Boes to come up with an easy save.

15:30: Brandon's Michael Ferland gets the game's best scoring chance as he bursts up the ice and snaps a quick shot from the bench-side faceoff circle. Oil Kings defenceman Stephen Shmoorkoff gets his stick on it, deflecting a knuckleball in Brossoit's direction. Calm and collected, the 19-year-old came up with a Gumby-like left pad save.

14:28: Edmonton's penalty killing unit goes back to work as Cody Corbett is sent off for hooking.

11:40: Edmonton Oilers prospects Travis Ewanyk and Mitch Moroz combine to set up a glorious chance for the home side, but Boes shuts the door once again. Off the ensuing faceoff, Moroz drove the net hard in search of an Aaron Irving rebound; and while the chance went for not, he did draw a penalty to Colton Waltz.

9:30: Just as the penalty to Waltz expires, Stephane Legault locates Moroz in the slot area with pinpoint pass. Turning into a shooting position, Moroz then rifled a wrist shot high over Boes to put the Oil Kings up 1-0.

8:16: On the Oil Kings's very next shot, a long-range (and seemingly stoppable) wrist shot by Henrik Samuelsson catches Boes napping as it sails over his right shoulder and into the net. With the goal, Samuelsson has now tallied 20 on the year is is only one behind the club's leading goal-getter, Michael St. Croix, who has 21.

3:18: A scrambly sequence by the Oil Kings opened the door for the Wheat Kings to get on the board. As he raced out to challenge, Brossoit came up with a monstrous save off a wicked mid-slot slap shot -- but, pouncing on the goalie's aggressiveness by waiting him out on the rebound, Tim McGauley made no mistake in securing the goal.

0:30: Wheat Kings defenceman Ryan Pulock stops moving his feet and, as a result, is called for tripping TJ Foster. Once again, the best power-play in the WHL goes to work.

0:00: Oil Kings lead 2-1 and hold a 10-7 advantage in shots.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: The second period is now underway. There is still 1:39 remaining in Ryan Pulock's late-period penalty.

17:04: On Edmonton's 12th shot of the game, and with little obstruction to Boes' view of the puck, Keegan Lowe set his sights and launches a missle off the post and in to restore the Oil Kings' two-goal advantage.

13:26: Michael Ferland takes a healthy run at Brandon Baddock, who turns his back to the play at the last second. Baddock appeared to have received the worst of it as he careened face-first into a Kal Tire ad, but Ferland was the one who took the brunt of it. Not only did he receive a minor for boarding, but he was forced to leave the game -- doubled over and in obvious pain.

11:12: Just seconds after Ferland's penalty expired, the Oil Kings cashed another. With both Wheat Kings defencemen concerning themselves with Curtis Lazar's net-front presence instead of monitoring the puck and potential shooting options, Henrik Samuelsson wheeled from the corner and zipped a shot upstairs on Boes -- in and out in the blink of an eye, it's now a 4-1 Edmonton lead.

6:10: A chance at one end turns into an even better one at the other. Spurred by a sequence in which the Oil Kings had nearly everyone deep, Brandon's Jason Swyripa scooted back the other way leading the charge on a clearcut 3-on-1 opportunity. Opting to keep, his blocker-side attempt was punched aside by Brossoit.

3:34: Luke Bertolucci hauls down Pulock as the rangy defenceman made a cut to the net; the Oil Kings rookie is assessed a tripping minor as a result.

2:01: Lazar makes what appears to be a heady defensive play by knocking Eric Roy off the puck at the blue line, but #27 is called for holding -- so instead of a partial breakaway chance, Lazar's minor gives the Wheat Kings a 27 second-long 5-on-3.

0:44: Stephane Legault picks up a slashing penalty, extending Brandon's power-play.

0:00: Bertolucci and Lazar's penalties have both expired. There is still 1:16 remaining on Legault's minor, which will carry over into the third period.

THIRD PERIOD:

20:00: The third period is now underway.

15:32: In an otherwise quiet start to the period, Brandon Baddock gets clipped with a high stick; Richard Nejezchleb gets the gate, putting the Oil Kings power-play to work. Just 29 seconds into it, acting captain Keegan Lowe smokes a wrist shot low and to the glove side, scoring his second of the game and putting the home side up 5-1.

14:33: Travis Ewanyk and Tyler Yaworski drop the mitts in a quick bout. Neither side could land much of consequence in the tilt, but Yaworski earns the decision with a takedown.

11:54: Round 2 sees Klarc Wilson and Ayrton Nikkel go toe-to-toe. Again, the fight is brief but highly-spirited. An early collision of fists sends both combatants to the ice.

11:03: Operating at a 20 percent clip (1-for-4) on the night, the Oil Kings power-play gets another chance as Roy is charged for tripping Michael St. Croix.

10:13: Make it a 1:10-long 5-on-3 as Ryley Miller is sent off for kneeing (again, St. Croix is the victim).

9:11: Henrik Samuelsson toe drags around Colton Waltz and roofs a laser beam over Boes' right shoulder to record the hat trick.

8:36: Tempers erupt! Brandon Baddock lays a licking on Eric Roy, while Travis Ewanyk and and Mitch Moroz want a piece of everyone! At the end of it all, Moroz picks up the only minor penalty (of the double variety, for roughing), resulting in the lone man-advantage.

3:00: Brandon gets one back as Chad Robinson delivers an absolutely gorgeous backhand pass to Nejezchleb for the tap-in.

0:00: It's over! Oil Kings make it two straight with a 6-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings.