Rookie Gernat sinks Warriors

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Warriors goalie Luke Siemens makes the stop against Josh Lazowski of the Edmonton Oil Kings during Western Hockey League action on Friday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

Slovak defencemen Martin Gernat of the Edmonton Oil Kings continued his great start to his rookie season as he scored two goals in the 3-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors in Western Hockey League action Friday. 

Gernat has scored in all six of Edmonton's games and now has 10 points for Oil Kings, second in rookie scoring and seventh in the league. 

“He was drafted by the Oilers and he has been a nice little surprise for us offensively,” said Edmonton’s head coach Derek Laxdal “He’s got a long stick, he has pretty good high-end skill and obviously he has been having a great start to the season, which we need. We are not generating a lot of offence from our top guys.”

Just over a minute into the third period, Gernat beat Warriors goalie Luke Siemens on the glove side to take the shutout bid away. At 13:16 of the third period, Kristians Pelss scored shorthanded and unassisted high over Siemens stick. Gernat finished the finished the game with a goal that beat Siemens five-hole. 

Sebastian Svendsen scored a power play goal early in the second period for the Moose Jaw Warriors, who held a 1-0 lead going into the final frame. 

“It was disappointing end result,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. “It was kind of a chest match out there for the most part — two teams that weren’t giving each other too much."

For more on this story, read Saturday's Times-Herald.

Organizations: Edmonton Oil Kings, Western Hockey League, Oilers Times-Herald

Geographic location: Edmonton

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  • Ender Berett
    February 11, 2013 - 18:06

    This will make for great printing in edmonton! That kind of game is almost unheard of for a rookie back. I am very impressed with this kid. It will be exciting to see where he goes.