Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Back in the saddle and the Ice still can't beat the Oil
A condensed version today as the end of the Bantam season is here – with a championship banner, I might add – and going forward we should be back to regular blogging.
The Score – Edmonton 3 – Kootenay 1
What Happened – Eventually you need to capitalize on your chances. Against the top club in the Eastern Conference, that didn’t happen tonight, and the Ice had many of them.
The Turning Point – With the Ice down 1-0 late in the second and the Ice pressing for the tying goal, Elgin Pearce was sprung for a breakaway only to be hauled down, hacked and stopped, the lack of a call incensed the Rec Plex faithful and demoralized the Ice. The chances were fewer after that.
The Goals – After a scoreless first the Oil Kings drew first blood – though the Ice were carrying the play and most of the chances – TJ Foster skated in to slapshot that seemed to fool Mackenzie Skapski low to the glove-side. 1-0 Oil… Early in the 3rd Tyler Maxwell fired a great shot from the slot that sucked the life out of the Ice and the building. 2-0… With the Oil Kings buzzing and controlling the play down low, Brett Rachinski found Jordan Peddle in front. Peddle one-timed his shot through the legs of Skapski who was caught deep in his net. 3-0… Late in the 3rd the Ice go a 5-on-3 and Max Reinhart finally solved Laurent Brossoit with a point-shot through a crowd for his 27th of the season. 3-1 but it was too little, too late.
The Goaltender – Lawrence Brossoit, taken in the 6th round – 164th overall – last season by the Calgary Flames is firmly planting himself at the top of the heap for goaltenders in the WHL. He calmly stopped almost everything the Ice threw at him tonight and didn’t seem to break a sweat.
The Goaltender, Part II – Mackenzie Skapski got the nod tonight against the Oil, a surprise to those expecting to see Nathan Lieuwen against the Eastern Conference’s best.
The Crowd – 2565
The Magic Number – The WHL Playoffs, while within reach, are not a sure thing – at least not yet. The Red Deer Rebels, who beat the Regina Pats tonight and refuse to go away, are 12 points back of the Ice and 8 points behind Brandon for the last playoff spot. The best the Rebels can do is 83 points so any combination of 4 Ice wins or Rebel regulation losses puts the Ice through for the 14th straight season, the longest active stretch in the WHL.
A reader asked for the video of the Spencer Wand tilt in the Ice 6-5 OT win over Prince Albert. That video is here.
Rec Plex Three Stars
1. G Laurent Brossoit – Cool as a cucumber or the hot hand, pick a superlative
2. F TJ Foster – Big first goal
3. C Max Reinhart – His back is getting sore trying to carry this team.
What it means – The Ice drop to 34-22-4-4 and 76 points; still 5th in the Eastern Conference. Two up on the idol Saskatoon Blades but now three back of the Calgary Hitmen, who beat the Swift Current Broncos.
Up Next: The Hitmen are here Saturday night.
Oil Kings 3 @ Ice 1
CRANBROOK, B.C. - Western Hockey League summary for regular season game between the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Kootenay Ice; February 29, 2012
The Edmonton Oil Kings got goals from TJ Foster, Tyler Maxwell and Jordan Peddle to get past the Kootenay Ice 3-1 in WHL action Wednesday.
After a scoreless first period Foster opened the scoring for the Oil Kings in the second with a slapshot that beat Ice starter Mackenzie Skapski.
The Oil Kings increased their lead in the third with goals from the slot by Maxwell, with his 37th, and Peddle, with his 10th before the Ice scored a late five-on-three power play goal by Max Reinhart.
Lawrent Brossoit stopped 32 of 33 shots to get the win while Mackenzie Skapski took the loss, stopping 24 of 27 shots.
Penalties -- Pysyk Edm (slashing) 15:31, Montgomery Ktn (interference) 16:02.
1. Edmonton, Foster 25 (Samuelsson) 9:09
Penalties -- Peddle Edm (cross-checking) 10:13, Reinhart Edm (cross-checking) 12:17, McKinlay Ktn (slashing) 13:11.
2. Edmonton, Maxwell 37 (St. Croix, Wruck) 1:40
3. Edmonton, Peddle 10 (Rachinski, Wilson) 8:54
4. Kootenay, M. Reinhart 27 (S. Reinhart, Ismond) 17:45 (pp)
Penalties -- Pysyk Edm (cross-checking) 4:25, Leach Ktn (slashing) 9:06, Moroz Edm (instigator, fighting, misconduct) Leach Ktn (fighting) 16:02, Pysyk Edm (unsportsmanlike conduct) 16:37.
Shots on goal by
Kootenay: 16 8 9 - 33
Edmonton: 11 9 7 - 27
Goal -- Kootenay: Mackenzie Skapski (L, 9-6-0-2); Edmonton: Laurent Brossoit (W, 36-13-2-3)
Power Plays -- (goals-chances)
Referee -- Tyler Adair, Derek Zalaski. Linesman -- Chris Carlson, Ian Shaver.
Attendance -- 2565 (4264)
Kootenay: Luke Paulsen, (upper body - day-to-day), Drew Czerwonka (knee - 3-5 weeks).
Edmonton: Stephane Legault, Cole Benson, Ryan Dech, Mason Geertsen, Tristan Sieben.