Before the Game the Oil Kings broadcaster Mentioned that they had 8 guys who were signed by NHL teams. That stat in itself is ridiculous as it doesn't include Curtis Lazar who is likely a first round pick in this years NHL Entry Draft.
I thought the First Period was pretty even. The Oil Kings had a lot of zone time, but everything was from the outside. The Tigers rushes while few looked dangerous and had the better of the chances.
The Oil Kings opened the scoring on a controversial goal. The puck was shot off the backboards and you could clearly see Edgars Kulda and Tyler Lewington battling for positioning in front of the net. Edgard Kuldra leaned against Cam Lanigan which pushed him into the net. Lanigan tried to twist to stop the incoming puck that was coming into the crease and ended up doing a complete 180, and Kuldra scored with Lanigan turned around. I thought that was Goaltender Interference. LEwington and Kuldra were battling for body possesion but Kuldra pushed Lanigan into the net by himself.
1-0 Oil Kings
Oil Kings would get the only goal. Oil Kings defenceman picked of a tiger forward pass and it resulted in a 3 on 2 the other way. Michael St. Croix would feed Stephane Legault near the middle of the ice and he shot against the grain beating Lanigan Low Blocker side. 2-0 Oil Kings
Mitch Moroz would beat Lanigan on a wrap around as Lanigan hesitated for a split second and it was enough time for Moroz to stuff the puck in the net. 3-0 Oil Kings
The Tigers would finally get on the board. Elgin Pearce would walk the blueline, and fed Kyle Becker down Low. Becker would take a couple seconds, loads up and rip a shot up high on the short-side. 3-1 Oil Kings
Oil Kings would take a 2 goal lead on some Bad Luck by Spencer Jensen. Jensen attempted to whack the puck out of the zone but it hit someone in the shinpads. His second whack would miss the puck giving Travis Ewanyk and opportunity to one-time a puck in the slot. 4-1 Oil Kings
The Oil Kings had a ton of puck possession time in the Tigers end. They were shadowing the Tigers forwards coming out of their end making it hard to break out of the zone cleanly.
The schedule is fortunate for the Tigers as it allows them a day to watch some video and re-group.
Next Game: Sunday Night 4:00 PM Mtn time in Edmonton.