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Preview: Oil Kings vs Calgary Hitmen 2.21.24

February 21, 2024 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
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EDMONTON OIL KINGS (18-33-2-1) vs. CALGARY HITMEN (23-24-6-1) -

FEBRUARY 21, 2024 - ROGERS PLACE - 11:00 AM

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2023-24 Schedule vs. Calgary Hitmen

Friday, Nov 10 @ Calgary (6-1 CGY)

Saturday, Nov 11 @ Edmonton (10-2 CGY)

Saturday, Nov 25 @ Calgary (7-3 CGY)

Sunday, Jan 7 @ Calgary (5-1 CGY)

Friday, Feb 2 @ Edmonton (6-5 OT CGY)

Sunday, Feb 4 @ Calgary (8-1 CGY)

Wednesday, Feb 21 @ Edmonton

Wednesday, Feb 28 @ Calgary

Friday, March 15 @ Edmonton

Matchup Notes

Today's contest is the Oil Kings annual "Hockey Hooky" game, the first of two 11 am MT starts between the 2 clubs in the next seven days. It marks the 7th of 9 meetings in the regular season between the 2 clubs. Calgary has won all 5 of the previous meetings.

Marc Lajoie leads all Oil Kings in scoring during the season series with Five points (2G, 3A) in five games, while Oliver Tulk is the top scorer for the Hitmen with thirteen points (5G, 8A) in six games. All-time, the Oil Kings and Hitmen have met 110 times in the regular season with the Oil Kings holding a record of 53-47-9-1.

Coming In

The Oil Kings are coming off a family day home loss that saw enough goals to feed the aunts, uncles and all of the distant relatives. Sixteen in total, a 9-7 score to the Medicine Hat Tigers in front of a rowdy Rogers Place crowd of 12,370.

A back-and-forth first period saw 3 separate scoring plays go to video review, a goal scored with just over a minute into the contest and with less than a minute left, and 3 tallies coming from special teams opportunities (2 powerplay, 1 shorthanded).

Medicine Hat exploded with 5 goals in the second frame, putting the game out of reach and chasing starting Goalie Kolby Hay from the net with 5 goals on 25 shots. Oil Kings affiliated player Joe Iginla scored twice on the powerplay, adding his total to 3 goals and 5 points in 4 Western Hockey League contests.

Edmonton finished the night 4-of-6 with the man advantage, plus 2 shorthanded goals for.

EOK Notables

● Oil Kings prospect Joe Iginla picked up another 2 goals on Monday, in just his 4th Western Hockey League game (3G 2A) .

● Oil Kings Forward Roan Woodward had his first career 4-point game in the Western Hockey League on Monday (4A).

● Oil Kings Defenseman Blake Fiddler picked up his first career 3-point game in the Western Hockey League on Monday (1G 2A).

● Oil Kings Forward Smyth Rebman collected his first career 2-goal game in the Western Hockey League in Red Deer on Friday.

● Oil Kings defenceman Marc Lajoie sits 12th in defenceman points (42), 2nd in defenceman goals (19), 1st in defenceman PP goals (11) and tied for 4th in defenceman PP points (23) in the WHL. His 11 power play goals rank tied for 4th overall in the entire WHL amongst all skaters.

● Oil Kings defenceman Marc Lajoie is in for 5th for the most career power play goals by an Oil Kings defenceman in franchise history with 11 trailing only Griffin Reinhart (12), Cody Corbett (12), Aaron Irving (13) and Conner McDonald (14).

● Oil Kings forward Adam Jecho is 13th in WHL rookie scoring with 33 points (16G, 17A) in just 40 games.

● The Oil Kings lead the WHL in attendance (6,351 avg.).

CGY Notables

● Hitmen Defenseman Carter Yakemchuk leads all Western Hockey League D-men in goals (24), in shots (223) and in PIM (103).

● Calgary Forward Ben Kindel sits 4th in the Western Hockey League in rookie scoring with 13 goals and 49 points in 54 games played.

● Hitmen Forward Oliver Tulk has 14 multi-point games this season, 4 of them have come vs the Oil Kings.

Milestone Watch

● F Gracyn Sawchyn is 2 games away from 100 career WHL games.

● F Ty Nash is 7 games away from 250 career WHL games.

● F Ty Nash is 3 points away from 150 career WHL points.

● D Marc Lajoie is 11 assists away from 100 career WHL assists.

● F Gavin Hodnett is 4 points away from 100 career WHL points.

Lineup Report

● D Ethan MacKenzie, upper-body, week-to-week (Games missed: 35).

● F Presley Kerner, lower-body, week-to-week (Games missed: 4)

● F John Szabo, upper-body, day-to-day (Games missed 3)

● F Skyler Bruce, lower-body, day-to-day (Games missed: 3)

● D Ismail Abougouche, suspended, 3-games (Games served: 1)

Streaks

● F Gavin Hodnett is on a 4-game point streak (1g-3a-4pts).

● F Gracyn Sawchyn is on a 6-game point streak (3g-3a-6pts).

● F Joe Iginla is on a 4-game point streak (3g-2a-5pts).

Who's Hot

● F Smyth Rebman has 3 points (2G, 1A) in his last 3 games.

● F Ty Nash has 14 points (4G, 10A) in his last 15 games.

● D Blake Fiddler has 5 points (1G, 4A) in his last 4 games.

● F Gracyn Sawchyn has 29 points (9G, 20A) in his last 27 games.


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