Friday, January 11, 2013

Game Report: Edmonton 4 Lethbridge 0

EDM M. Moroz (9) (D. Musil, A. Sautner) 16:16

EDM C. Lazar (16) (K. Lowe, T. Ewanyk) 0:42
EDM T. Cheek (19) (K. Lowe) 16:09

EDM D. Wruck (13)  9:44

Ty Rimmer 42/46

Tristan Jarry 23/23

1. Jamal Watson RW - Since the Hurricanes mustered very little in terms of offense, I was there mainly to see how Watson was adjusting to life without the recently departed Jay Merkley and the outcome did not go well for Watson. Had a couple of rushes where he could use his speed to the outside but they ultimately did not end up to amount to anything. I mentioned that when the Merkely deal went down the biggest loser in the deal would be Jamal Watson as they had composed some mild success early on in the season. We'll have to see what kind of adjustments Watson and the Hurricanes can make to maximize his game.
2. Ty Rimmer G - Rimmer was the only reason why this game was close. The Oil Kings really took advantage of the youth of the Hurricanes. Rimmer gave up a softy of a first goal, one that essentially went into the net via a whiffed shot. He didn't have a chance on the other 3 goals. Rimmer made many 10 bell saves tonight as the Oil Kings handily won the possession battle. It will be interesting to see if Rimmer gets a shot at the pros. I must admit when Rimmer was a part of Tri-City, I thought he was a product of the system, but playing in Lethbridge where the hockey has been a little loose at times, Rimmer has been their best player up to this point of the season.

1. Trevor Cheek LW - Cheek didn't waste any time notching his first goal as an Oil King. Cheek was brought in to be a depth scorer, bring leadership and hustle, and be able to play up and down the lineup. He will fit in well. Cheek is plug and play like so many of the Oil Kings players, that's one of the reason he will make a positive contribution. A very responsible player who takes care of his own ice and his minutes.
2. Tristan Jarry G - Jarry had what I like to call the "Chris Osgood shutout", meaning the team was so good in front of him that the barrages and defensive zone pressure were kept to minimum. That being said Jarry didn't give away any cheapies tonight and looked confident. Jarry has played well over the last month earning more starts and the trust of the coaching staff. It will be interesting to see how the Oil Kings handle their goaltending when playoff time rolls around. I believe incumbant Laurent Brossoit will still be the go-to guy, but Jarry hasn't given them any reason to think he couldn't get the job done.

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