Sunday, March 4, 2012

Game Report: Edmonton 3 Saskatoon 1

1. EDM T. Foster, (26) (S. Legault, H. Samuelsson), 10:34
2. EDM M. St. Croix, (41) (D. Wruck, K. Lowe), 16:31
3. SAS J. Trask, (19) (L. Sutter, C. Collins), 17:58
3. EDM C. Lazar, (16) (T. Foster, G. Reinhart), 19:39 (PP)

Goalies Saskatoon GA Mins SH SVS PIM
30 Todd, Adam 3 60:00 34 31 0

Goalies Edmonton GA Mins SH SVS PIM
31 Brossoit, Laurent 1 60:00 17 16 0

3 Players of Note:
1) Michael St. Croix RW Edmonton - St. Croix has been the most prolific scorer on the Oil Kings and one of the leading scorers in the WHL. St. Croix has Ales Hemsky type puck abilities. What sets him apart from Hemsky is his ability to manage the puck and make sure the puck is going towards the net without putting his teammates in any precarious positions on the ice. Puck management and his ability to be stealthy around the net are two of his biggest attributes. His ability to skate out of trouble is another. St. Croix really stirs the drink for the Oil Kings offense.
2) Dalton Thrower D Saskatoon - I watched this player specifically tonight for Saskatoon. Has a ton of ability but also a ton of rawness to his game. Each game that passes opens up his abilities even more. Plays a ton for a Saskatoon team that is undermanned on defense. Thrower skates well, shoots the puck well, makes deft plays, but is prone to brain cramps from time to time. All this while being tough as nails. If he was playing on a middle pairing on a good team, he'd likely shine more, but since he plays a ton on a middling team, his warts show a little more. All that being said, he's on the right track and just need to get more games on his belt. Anyone who loses out on Mathew Dumba at the draft would be wise to look at Dalton Thrower with a 2nd round pick.
3) Laurent Broissoit G Edmonton - Playing a lot better over the last couple of weeks. Went through January and February looking pretty flaky. Now he is back to his old confident, sturdy self. Might have been a case of fatigue with Broissoit as he has played a ton this year and as of late Tristan Jarry has gotten more starts. When Broissoit is on, he plays sqaure to the puck, plays low and swallows all the rebounds. Good to see him find his game back heading into the playoffs.

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