With the regular season said and done for the Big Six, it's time to get to playoffs and see who takes home the Lincoln Trophy, starting with the teams battling it out for their playoff hopes in the survivor series.
Survivor Series: Oxbow (8) vs. Kipling/WIndthorst (9)
In their inaugural season in the Big Six, the Kipling/Windthorst Oil Kings have won only four games, including none in the month of December, but they had their success nonetheless. The Oil Kings' four games they won were two over the Arcola/Kisbey Combines, a tight 6-5 win over the Wawota Flyers, and a victory over the Carlyle Cougars. That was the final game of the season the Cougars would have Nathan Deck before he departed the team for the Lacombe Generals, and the Cougars were without their leading scorer in Ben Johnstone.
KW was led by Carson Harcourt up front, averaging just over a point per game with 17 points in the 15 games he played in. The smooth skating centreman showed more of the pass first mentallity throughout the year to get ahead for his team. After that, Cayley Bjork and James Schaeffeur each have 15 points. Bjork is a big body that crashes to the net and sets up his plays on from below the net and lead his team in goals (8, tied with Matt Bean), while Schaeffeur has broken down the side of the ice and set up plays down the side of the ice on the rush to lead his team in assists (11).
In net, the goals against average of 6.45 of Austin Toth is misleading. In person, he's a dynamic goaltender that played a major role in all four of the Oil Kings' wins, especially the win they stole from Carlyle earlier in the season.
As for Oxbow, their season was up and down throughout, their main hinderance being whether or not they got their entire team out to play, showcased by the effort in their first game of the season. They lost a tight 6-4 game with an empty net goal to the Yellow Grass Wheat Kings, who were a dominant team throughout the entire season. The Huskies after that would finish with a record of 5-12-1, the overtime loss coming to the team directly ahead of them in the standings, Wawota.
When it comes to their league leaders, Oxbow has been led by the same two people all season long. Taysen Holt had a shot at the point title, finishing third in the league with 38 points, and that's after missing a game and having two assists taken away in Oxbow's 14-4 win over Arcola/Kisbey when the score keepers stopped adding assists to the board.
After that, Derek Cooney was the recipient of many of Holt's assists, leading his team with 18 goals and 11 assists, good for 29 points. Cooney was the only player that was at each and every game for the Huskies this season. After that, Klae Bayda would get take up the third spot and a significant drop off in points. In his thirteen games, he's got 18 points.
At the back end, Ethan Veroba had all five wins for his team with a 5.92 GAA. Veroba improved on his play from last season, taking more starts in less games and lowering his GAA by about half a goal per game.
Games between the two teams start Wednesday in Kipling, and Friday in Oxbow with both games at 8pm.