Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Game Report: Edmonton 10 Lethbridge 3

1. LET B. Sutter, (9) (J. Merkley, M. Erkamps), 2:06 (PP)
1. EDM M. St. Croix, (8) (D. Wruck, R. Dech), 6:12
1. EDM K. Pelss, (11) (R. Dech, C. Lazar), 8:29
1. LET B. Sutter, (10) (B. Ramsay, L. Oslanski), 14:29
1. EDM J. Lazowski, (4) (M. St. Croix, D. Wruck), 14:40
1. EDM K. Wilson, (3) (R. Dech, K. Pelss), 15:51
1. LET J. Merkley, (4) (J. Watson, C. Leverton), 16:38
1. EDM G. Reinhart, (4) (M. St. Croix, J. Lazowski), 17:54 (PP)
2. EDM M. St. Croix, (9) (M. Moroz, D. Wruck), 10:09
2. EDM J. Peddle, (2) (R. Rachinski, K. Wilson), 17:40
3. EDM C. Lazar, (8) (K. Pelss), 6:46
3. EDM M. St. Croix, (10) , 7:30
3. EDM M. Moroz, (3) (K. Lowe, K. Wilson), 16:42 (PP)

Goalies Edmonton GA Mins SH SVS PIM
31 Brossoit, Laurent 3 60:00 26 23 0

Goalies Lethbridge GA Mins SH SVS PIM
31 Ketlo, Damien 7 40:00 27 20 0
33 Liston, Liam 3 20:00 14 11 0

3 Players of Note:
1) Michael St. Croix C Edmonton - I feel pretty safe in saying this was St. Croix best game of the year. He was dangerous off the rush all night either scoring or dishing. Really showed some quick hands in tight tonight, waiting until the last moment to make a play and then executing perfectly. He was the catalyst in a 10 goal outburst tonight, with 3 goals and 2 assists. He looked very Ales Hemsky like tonight when Hemsky has things rolling.
2) Curtis Lazar C Edmonton - Lazar is still feeling his through his 16 year old season with the Oil Kings. You see glimpses of a player that could dominate the WHL. Wicked wrist shot, cerebral play, uses body positioning well. His next step is to gain some comfort handling the puck for extended periods of time. For now, he is a puck in, puck out type player, and just keeps the puck moving forward, which is fine because Brett Hull made a great career out of it, but at some point the very great player make plays by holding the puck that extra second and make a play. I think this will come in time, but even if it doesn't, he's perfectly fine the way he is.
3) Jay Merkley C Lethbridge - Merkley had an alright game for himself tonight. It's hard to do better when goals against are flying all over the place. Merkley is their prized 16 year old, drafted one spot after the aforementioned Lazar. He's not an overall flashy player, but a reliable player on a team that could use some reliability. It's going to be hard for Merkley to shine through on this year's version of the Hurricanes, but he's a player that one might want to keep an eye through the next couple of years to see how he ends up. Hopefully, Lethbridge will be able to surround him with some talent.

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