IN-GAME BLOG: Edmonton vs. London
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oil Kings take on host London in the Memorial Cup
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oil Kings:
Curtis Lazar - Reid Petryk - Brett Pollock
Mitch Moroz - Henrik Samuelsson - Edgars Kulda
Mads Eller - Riley Kieser - Luke Bertolucci
Tyler Robertson - Cole Benson - Brandon Baddock
Griffin Reinhart - Ashton Sautner
Cody Corbett - Dysin Mayo
Aaron Irving - Blake Orban
20:00: Today's game is now underway.
15:31: London registers the first four shots on goal in the game.
15:14: Some nastiness after the whistle from both sides as things get unpleasant early. Mitch Moroz and Zach Bell head to the box to set up a four-on-four situation for the next two minutes.
13:36: Matt Rupert trips up Mads Eller to give the Oil Kings the game's first power play, and it's a brief four-on-three.
12:41: Josh Anderson collides with Tristan Jarry behind the net for goaltender interference and the Oil Kings have a five-on-three for 1:05.
10:18: Right after the two penalties expired, Reid Petryk took a feed from Edgars Kulda and wired a one-timer from the high slot that went top corner past London Knights goaltender Anthony Stolarz to put Edmonton on the board first. | EDM 1, LON 0
6:21: Kulda bumps Stolarz behind the London net and the Knights get a power play of their own after the Oil Kings forward got sent off for tripping. After London intially had a 4-0 lead in shots, Edmonton roared back, outshooting London 12-2.
5:05: The PP is negated when Brady Austin gets sent to the box for London.
3:46: Ryan Rupert was tripped up while on a shorthanded breakaway, setting up a second London Knights penalty shot in two games for them at this tournament. On the penalty shot, Rupert tried to deke and go five hole but Jarry was equal to the task.
0.0: After the whistle, Dakota Mermis gets a glove in the face of Riley Kieser and the referees send him off for roughing to set up an Oil Kings power play to start the second period. Shots on goal after 20 minutes are 14-11 for Edmonton.
20:00: Second period has begun, with Edmonton on the power play for two minutes to kick things off.
16:58: Jarry comes up with a big blocker save on Matt Rupert.
16:12: Edmonton's Brandon Baddock gets two minutes for interference to put London on the power play.
13:55: Edgars Kulda skates up ice and cuts to the slot before wiring a high shot past Stolarz to make it a two-goal lead for Edmonton. | EDM 2, LON 0
12:49: Mitchell Marner takes a penalty for the Knights, sending Edmonton's struggling power play back on the ice.
11:28: Samuelsson's slashing minor puts an end to the Oil Kings power play and puts London on one for 1:19.
Bell cross-checks Samuelsson four times after the whistle in front of the London goal, but it's Samuelsson off for 2 for slashing.— Edmonton Oil Kings (@EdmOilKings) May 19, 2014
9:00: Oil Kings kill off the penalty. Shots on goal just past the game's midwaypoint are 21-17 for Edmonton.
5:54: London starts to pour on the pressure and Jarry makes a handful of nice saves. Shot count now 22-22.
3:48: Alex Basso blasts a shot from the right faceoff circle that Jarry gets a piece of, but not enough as the puck trickles over the line. | EDM 2, LON 1
1:56: Oil Kings get that goal back before the period comes to an end. Kulda picks up a rebound in front and takes several shots on the London goal. His backhand attempt from the side of the net somehow finds its way in off Stolarz. | EDM 3, LON 1
0.0: Shots on goal after two periods were 30-28 for Edmonton.
20:00: Third period starts now. Jake Patterson is now in goal for the Knights.
19:00: Brett Pollock was hammered into the boards by Nikita Zadorov after the puck had passed him by. The call was boarding as the Oil Kings received their sixth power play.
18:14: The PP is shortlived as Reinhart gets two for interference.
14:06: Oil Kings make it a 4-1 lead after Bertolucci rifles a shot from the right circle off the post and in. | EDM 4, LON 1
10:33: Dakota Mermis picks up a rebound during a scramble in front of the net and puts the puck in to draw London back within a pair of goals. | EDM 4, LON 2
5:05: Patterson makes a nice save, kicking out the right pad to deny Samuelsson on a quick shot from the slot.
3:22: Shots are 38-37 for Edmonton as the third period winds down. Michael McCarron gets a roughing penalty as the teams push and shove after the whistle.
1:37: Bertolucci scored his second of the game late, picking up a rebound and slipping it inside the post past Patterson for a power play marker. | EDM 5, LON 2