January 30, 2011
Hickman on even keel
By CRASH CAMERON, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - After Saturday, there is still one more time in his junior career when Jordan Hickmott will get to play against the Prince Albert Raiders.
But the Edmonton Oil Kings 20-year-old centre is getting over playing his former team. The native of Mission, B.C., wore the green-and-black Raider logo for 145 games before coming to Edmonton in the off-season.
“It’s the third time, now so, yeah, (the novelty was worn off) a little bit. The first time I was nervous, the third game of the season. But now I’m excited, I still know a lot of those guys, still friends with them. I just want to do well against them.”
Hickmott is more interested in getting over a flat-spot in the season as the Oil Kings hit the stretch drive trying to make the playoffs ahead of teams like P.A.
“It’s been going pretty good, but lately though things aren’t going as well for me personally and for the team as we would like.
Overall, I think, it’s gone pretty good for myself. Right now we’ve just got to concentrate on one game at a time. It’s a playoff run right now with a bunch of teams so we can’t afford to be losing games,” Hickmott said before Saturday’s game, fresh off of Friday’s 5-0 shutdown by the Rebels in Red Deer.
Hickmott had been consistent through different wingers early on, mostly with Josh Lazowski on the right, but had settled in as a trio with Dylan Wruck on the left. Wruck had been surging to the top of the team scoring just behind Michael St. Croix when Lazowski suffered what might be a season-ending injury. Hickmott currently sits as the Oil Kings’ third-leading scorer.
“That happens during a season, when you’ll go four or five games, get really hot and getting two points a night. Then you’ll go for a while and won’t get anything.
“I think for me and (Wruck), we need to keep plugging away and not get away from our game. Lately we’ve been doing that a little bit, getting frustrated. We just need to concentrate harder and it will come, not get frustrated when it doesn’t.”
Sitting on the sidelines against the Saskatoon Blades this week didn’t help Hickmott or the Oil Kings as they lost a close-but-no-cigar 4-3 game to the league’s top team.
Hickmott plays a controlled, smart, two-way game. But so does the Blades’ Stefan Elliott and it was the high-scoring defenceman that outsmarted the referee, and Hickmott was tossed on a boarding call.
“Yeah, well I didn’t know it was five minutes until I got back in the room and (head coach Derek Laxdal) told me. I was pretty disappointed but he told me not to worry about it, though, because he thought it wasn’t a great call. The coaches showed it to me, too, and I didn’t really agree with the ref. But that happens and there was nothing I could do about it.”