Saturday, December 29, 2012
The Western Hockey League's Christmas break could not have come at a worse possible time for the Edmonton Oil Kings. Despite missing captain Griffin Reinhart and David Musil from their lineup, Edmonton had managed to reel off five straight heading into the break, including their first two wins of the year over the Calgary Hitmen.
Two more points from Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall paced the Oklahoma City Barons to their third consecutive victory, as they edged the San Antonio Rampage 3-2, in a shootout. Teemu Hartikainen scored his tenth of the season and Olivier Roy stopped thirty-two shots in a rare start, in leading the Barons to the crucial victory.
Friday, December 28, 2012
While it may not have been the start that many had envisioned for Team Canada's second preliminary round game of the 2013 World Junior Championship, at the end of the day, all that matters are the two points. On the strength of a three point night from Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly and another two point performance from captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Canada remained perfect at the World Juniors, with a come from behind 6-3 victory over Slovakia.
Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall was the star of the show on Thursday night, scoring three of Oklahoma City's five goals, as the Barons edged the Texas Stars by a score of 5-4. Centre Mark Arcobello chipped in with four helpers and the American Hockey League's co-leading scorers, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz, each picked up another two points and remain tied atop the scoring race, with forty-two points apiece.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
No one expected Germany to give Team Canada much of a run in the two sides opener at the 2013 World Junior Championship and that was exactly how it played out. Edmonton Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins led the Canadian onslaught with a goal and four assists, as fourteen different skaters found the score sheet in Canada's 9-3 thrashing of Germany.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
With the start of 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship mere hours away for Team Canada and head coach Steve Spott, we thought we would take a quick look at what to expect from the boys wearing the Maple Leaf.
Monday, December 24, 2012
The two biggest names heading into the 2013 World Junior Championship belong to a pair of Edmonton Oilers forwards in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
On the heels of one of their worst performances of the season, the Oklahoma City Barons rebounded in time to salvage their weekend series with the Texas Stars. On the strength of a four goal first period and another two goal effort from Edmonton Oilers prospect Justin Schultz, the Barons proved to be too much for the Stars, cruising to an easy 6-2 victory.