Edmonton, AB - Michael St. Croix became the first Oil Kings player in modern franchise history to reach 100 points helping the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 7-4 win over the Red Deer Rebels. St.Croix notched an assist and a goal to reach the milestone. He has 42 goals and 58 assists on the year.
Edmonton fell behind early in a tough back and forth matchup that saw over 150 penalty minutes issued. After the Rebels made it a 2-0 game early in the second, U.S. born defensemen Cody Corbett notched his first of two goals on the night. Just twelve seconds later, Oilers draft pick Martin Gernat wired a point shot off a feed from St.Croix to tie the game at 2-2. Gernat continues to lead all Oil Kings defensemen in scoring with 52 points and an impressive plus +39 rating.
Just minutes later, Michael St.Croix would make a nifty tip off a shot from Griffin Reinhart to notch his 42nd goal and 100th point of the season in style. Red Deer would then tie the game late in the second to make it a 3-3 game going into the third.
Both teams upped the physicality in the third and finally it was T.J. Foster who took a slick cross ice feed on the rush from Henrik Samuelsson and fired a wrister from the top of the circle to tally his 29th of the season to give the Oil Kings the 4-3 lead. Dylan Wruck would then add to the lead with his 21st of the season. This combined with an assist ives Wruck 80 points on the year, breaking his own record of 78 from last season.
The Rebs would not go away however as they managed to push back to make it 5-4. But late power plays would go on to cost the visitors on this night as Oilers draft pick Kristians Pelss would break down the left side snap home his 26th of the season and Corbett would add his second of the game with 6 seconds remaining to make it a 7-4 final.
The victory gave the Oil Kings another franchise first as they became the first WHL team to break the 100 point mark this season. Edmonton now has 101 points to take over the lead in the race for the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy from idle Tri Cities.
Edmonton's power play was 3 for 9 on the night and held the Rebels to 1 for 7 with the man advantage. Laurent Brossoit made 24 saves to record his milestone 40th win of the season. Another record fell as a crowd of 16651 paid attendence established a new modern franchise high for an Oil Kings home game.
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