EDM E. Kulda (4) 2:00
|EDM C. Lazar (13) (S. Legault, D. Wruck) 10:58 (PP)|
|CAL C. Sylvester (17) 11:27|
CAL C. Samoridny (6) (P. Padakin, A. Roach) 17:39 (SH)
Chris Driedger 34/36
Laurent Brossoit 36/40
1. Zane Jones LW - The line of Jones-Brassert-Macek were a handful for the Oil Kings tonight. They physically punished the Oil Kings defense into submission and it allowed them to take the lead in the 3rd period. Since arriving from Victoria, Jones has fit like a glove into the Hitmen system. The deal was Jones for Gogolev and both players have been key cogs for their respective teams. Jones big bodied presence and his ability score goals around the net make him very valuable for the Hitmen going forward.
2. Chris Driedger G - Driedger was outstanding for the Hitmen, especially as his team was mounting a comeback. Would not give the Oil Kings the 3rd goal that would have been a backbreaker. Got lucky a lot tonight as the Oil Kings hit posts many times tonight, but Driedger kept battling and got the bounces. Didn't panic, just kept pucks from crossing the red line. Driedger's play has grown leaps and bounds this season and its a big reason why the Hitmen now find themselves alone at the top of the Central Division.
1. Curtis Lazar C - I have always been impressed with Lazar's play but over the last 3 weeks he has taken his game to another level and is starting to put up points. Far better player when he plays within the context of the team. Lazar has some great individual skills, such as his skating and his quick trigger release, but the thing that makes him a fantastic player is he will take care of the little things to help his team win games. A "do it all" type center.
2. Dysin Mayo D - Mayo is player that could become very important to the Oil Kings going forward. He gives the Oil Kings a mobile option on the backend even if he is a bit on the inexperienced side. The Oil Kings would be wise to continue to give Mayo games until they can find a more experienced option on the backend. There is a lot to like about Mayo's game, but a lot of it is raw and unproven. Finding a proven puckmoving Dman is going to be a tough find, so in the meantime they groom and grow Mayo, they might even be surprised what becomes of him.