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BLOG: Top forwards need to step up

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oil Kings have been outscored 8-3 in the first two games of their best-of-seven WHL finals series against the Portland Winterhawks. Edmonton’s head coach Derek Laxdal told the media this morning, in advance of a pivotal game three at home, that the team needs their top forwards to ramp it up a notch.

Henrik Samuelsson scored the lone goal for the Oil Kings in game two and Laxdal said he may have been the team’s best forward in that game. But it’s time for the team’s other top forwards to step up.

“I thought he’s taken a step in his game,” Laxdal said of Samuelsson. “I thought he was our best forward in game two. We need some of our other top forwards to step up tonight. Obviously, Reid Petryk has only got five or six points in the playoffs and he needs to take a step tonight. Mitch Moroz, I don’t think has a point in the last six games, he needs to take a step. Even Curtis Lazar, he’s the heartbeat of the hockey club. He needs to match the intensity of Henrik Samuelsson. These players know. We’re not calling them out, they know what they have to do and we’re going to need everybody on board tonight.”

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