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ICE and Oil Kings Square off in Rematch

February 25, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Winnipeg Ice News Release

The ICE and Oil Kings will meet for the fourth and final time this season. The Oil Kings have got the better of the ICE in the first three meetings of the year. The first one came at the ICE Cave early in the season where the Oil Kings won handedly. The next matchup was in Edmonton a couple weeks ago and the ICE fell short by a score of 4-1. The last time out was the ICE last game and Edmonton skated away with a 5-0 victory in Winnipeg.

The ICE come into this one winners of five of their last seven outings. Most recently a 4-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on the road last week.. The loss to the Oil Kings last time out has dropped their record to 5-5-0-0 over the last ten games. The Oil Kings continue to play consistent hockey which their record over the last 10 games shows as it sits at 8-2-0-0.

The ICE continue to duke it out with the Prince Albert Raiders for first spot in the East Division which Prince Albert currently holds by four points. The ICE have one game in hand on the Raiders.

WINNIPEG ICE

EDMONTON OIL KINGS

Record:

34-21-1-0

39-10-6-3

Last 10 Games:

5-4-0-0

8-2-0-0

Power Play:

54/237 (22.8%)

52/227 (22.9%)

Penalty Kill:

133/176 (75.6%)

188/215 (87.4%)

GF-GA:

208-187

214-150

Ranking:

2nd East Division | 5th Eastern Conf.

1st Central Division | 1st Eastern Conf.

LAST GAME - 5-0 LOSS VS EDMONTON: The ICE were back at home against the Central Division leading Edmonton Oil Kings, after the ICE had a successful road trip where they went 3-1. The ICE started the trip off by beating Swift Current by a score of 8-3. They would then split games with Lethbridge before beating Medicine Hat to cap off a crucial road trip. The Oil Kings were coming off a two game win streak after beating Medicine Hat and Lethbridge at home.

The Oil Kings wasted no time finding the back of the net as they took an early 1-0 lead, 5:24 into the first period as Ethan McIndoe scored his 14th of the season. Edmonton would double their lead seven minutes later as Liam Keeler scored his 12th of the season. The play would go to review but it was quickly determined the puck crossed the line. Shots were 10-6 in favor of the Oil Kings after the first frame. Liam Hughes (8 saves) and Sebastian Cossa (6 saves) received the start in net for their respective teams.

Edmonton continued to pile on the pressure in the second frame as they scored two more goals, as Dylan Guenther and Vladimir Alistrov made it four unanswered goals for the visitors. The ICE made a goaltending change after the fourth goal as Gage Alexander replaced Liam Hughes after the latter let in four goals on 14 shots. Shots were 21-20 in favor of the Oil Kings after two.

The Oil Kings would put one goal past Alexander in the third to finish the game 5-0. Alexander made 18 saves in relief of Hughes and Cossa got the shutout with 27 saves. Edmonton went 1/3 on the powerplay as the ICE blanked at 0/2.

ICE 2019-20 Club Leaders:

Goals: Michal Teply (26)

Assists: Isaac Johnson (43)

Points: Isaac Johnson (66)

PIMS: Jackson Leppard (71)

Plus/ Minus: Carson Lambos (+19)

Wins: Liam Hughes (18)

OIL KINGS 2019-20 Club Leaders:

Goals: Riley Sawchuk (23)

Assists: Riley Sawchuk (46)

Points: Riley Sawchuk (69)

PIMS: Jalen Luypen (54)

Plus/ Minus: Riley Sawchuk (24)

Wins: Sebastian Cossa (20)

VS EDMONTON THIS SEASON: The Winnipeg ICE are 0-3-0-0 against the Oil Kings this season.

NEXT UP: Below are the next three games for the Winnipeg ICE:

Thursday, Feb 27 - Winnipeg @ Calgary

Friday, Feb 28 - Winnipeg @ Red Deer

Friday, Mar 6 - Winnipeg @ Moose Jaw

The ICE are back home on Saturday March 7th for a contest against the Moose Jaw Warriors and Sunday March 8th for a 6:00PM battle with the Prince Albert Raiders as the two teams continue to fight for first place in the East Division.


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