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Preview: Oil Kings vs Swift Current Broncos 3.17.24

March 17, 2024 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
Edmonton Oil Kings News Release


EDMONTON OIL KINGS (25-36-3-1) vs. SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS (37-21-4-2) -

MARCH 17, 2024 - ROGERS PLACE - 6:00 PM

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2023-24 Schedule vs. Swift Current

Friday, Dec 15 @ Edmonton (6-3 SC)

Friday, Feb 9 @ Swift Current (4-1 SC)

Saturday, Mar 2 @ Edmonton (4-1 EDM)

Wed, Mar 6 @ Swift Current (8-2 SC)

Sunday, Mar 17 @ Edmonton

Matchup Notes

Tonight marks the 5th and final meeting of the year between the 2 clubs. Swift Current has won 3 of the previous 4 contests.

Gracyn Sawchyn leads all Oil Kings in scoring with 5 points (1G, 4A), while Clarke Caswell (2G, 4A) leads the way for the Broncos in the head to head with six points.

All-time, the Oil Kings and Broncos have met 68 times in the regular season with the Oil Kings holding a record of 39-24-3-2.

Coming In

The Oil Kings are coming off of a 6-2 win vs the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night, their second consecutive contest where they scored 6 times.

Edmonton is now undefeated in regulation in their last 4 games with their last loss coming on March 6th in Swift Current. The Oil Kings have also won 4 games in a row on home ice, and are undefeated in regulation in 7 of their last 8 games at Rogers Place.

Oil Kings Goalie Kolby Hay is playing some of the best hockey in his Western Hockey League career over the last week. The reigning WHL Goalie of

the Week has boasted a .941 % over his last 4 starts, and has only allowed 7 goals in 119 shots during that stretch. Edmonton Defenseman Ethan MacKenzie has been on fire since returning to the lineup after missing 41 games with an upper body injury. He scored his first of the season on Friday's 6-2 win over Calgary, and has now collected 4 points in his last 2 games and is also a +/- plus 4 since his return.

Oil Kings Forward John Szabo scored again on Friday night, and now has goals in back to back games.

Tonight's contest is Fan Appreciation Night. Friday's attendance was 11, 678, a five-digit figure for the 4th time this season.

EOK Notables

● Oil Kings Forward Smyth Rebman played in the 100th game of his Western Hockey League career on Friday night.

● Oil Kings Forward Gracyn Sawchyn picked up his 14th multi-point game of the season on Friday night, and his 9th since joining the Oil Kings.

● Oil Kings defenceman Marc Lajoie moved into a 3rd place tie with Griffin Reinhart and Cody Corbett for the most career power play goals by an Oil Kings defenceman in franchise history with his 12th on Wednesday. He now trails Aaron Irving (13) and Conner McDonald (14) for the all-time record.

● Oil Kings defenceman Marc Lajoie sits 9th in defenceman points (53), 2nd in defenceman goals (23), 1st in defenceman PP goals (12) and tied for 5th in defenceman PP points (29) in the WHL. His 12 power play goals rank tied for 5th overall in the entire WHL amongst all skaters.

● The Oil Kings lead the WHL in attendance (6,972 avg.).

SCB Notables

● Broncos Forward Conor Geekie is on a 13-game point streak, and has 27 points during that stretch (9G, 18A).

● Broncos Forward Clarke Caswell is 5 goals away (22) from tripling his total from the 2022/23 season (9).

Milestone Watch

● F Ty Nash is 6 assists away from 100 career WHL assists.

● D Marc Lajoie is 3 assists away from 100 career WHL assists.

● D Marc Lajoie is 1 goal away from 50 career WHL goals.

● F Skyler Bruce is 3 goals away from 50 career WHL goals.

Lineup Report

● F Presley Kerner, lower-body, week-to-week (Games missed: 14)

Streaks

● F Gracyn Sawchyn is on a 4-game point streak (3g-3a-6pts).

● D Ethan MacKenzie is on a 2-game point streak (1g-3a-4pts).

● F John Szabo is on a 2-game goal streak.

Who's Hot

● F Landon Hanson has 6 points (2G, 4A) in his last 8 games.

● F Ty Nash has 26 points (6G, 20A) in his last 25 games.

● F Gracyn Sawchyn has 25 points (7G, 18A) in his last 23 games.

● F Gavin Hodnett has 17 points (6G, 11A) in his last 17 games.


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