Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Oil Kings Defeat Tigers 4-2
Their were a bazillion scouts in the stands, watching Hunter Shinkaruk go head to head with the Oil King's Curtis Lazar. Both players are expected to be high first round picks in next years NHL Draft.
Shinkaruk had an extra jump in his step and played really well despite only getting 1 powerplay assist, and a -1 rating.
Tigers out-shot Edmonton 36-21, the Oil Kings also took 9 penalties, yet it was the Oil Kings who jumped out to a commanding 4-0 lead. I thought the Tigers started the game off well, but the Oil Kings had the Tigers on the ropes after they killed their first of two 5 on 3's. When Boston Leier took the slashing penalty 6:16 into the first, the momentum changed in favor of Edmonton, and it stayed that way till the middle of the second period.
I thought the Tigers could have weathered the storm a lot better. To me it seemed like mentally they zoned out for a bit. The small things like not throwing any hits, putting passes just out of reach, and not sticking with their man got them in some hot water. Towards the end of the first they started playing a little better but still gave up a couple high quality scoring chances. They need to find a way to limit these defensive lapses as a couple shifts in their own zone tends to knock em out for a while.
Halfway though the game the momentum changed a complete 180. Highlighted by 2 goals, 2 minutes apart and Jacob Doty getting into his first fight this season laying a beatdown on 6'4-203 lb Mason Geertson.(Doty got a standing ovation from both the fans and his teammates) For the rest of the game the Oil Kings were in trouble as the Tigers were swarming the Oil Kings zone, but it was their goaltender Laurent Brossoit bailing them out.
I really liked Dylan Bredo's play tonight. I usually don't mention him because he always plays solid, but he made quite a few really smart plays. I also thought Ty Stanton took some steps being a lot more comfortable on the ice back from injury. We got our first look at Elgin Pearce and he didn't disappoint. Gavin Broadhead also layed out a couple good hits, although the last one was a borderline penalty.
Edmonton is ranked #9 in the country and the Tigers severely outplayed them for half the game. Even though this was a loss in the standings I hope they take away some confidence from this game and use it on the weekend.
Next Up: Tigers play all 3 nights this weekend, starting Friday in Red Deer then back home Saturday/Sunday against P.G and Saskatoon.
Doty vs Geertsen Fight