In the Driver's Seat
Medicine Hat, AB - Laurent Brossoit posted a 36 save performance as the Oil Kings took a tough 4-2 road win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night. The win extended the Oil Kings current win streak to ten games as they remain a point ahead of the Tri City Americans for first place in the WHL overall standings.
Edmonton gave up the first goal to fall behind 1-0 but the Tigers lead would not last as Captain Mark Pysyk would tally off a feed from Michael St. Croix just two minutes later. St.Croix now has 103 points on the year and 59 assists, tying Dylan Wruck for the modern era regular season record. Henrik Samuelsson would then score the go ahead goal as the Oil Kings carried a 2-1 lead into the break.
Rookie Curtis Lazar added anoth other goal for the Oil Kings in the third before St.Croix tallied his 44th of the season to ice the win. Stephane Legault would post a pair of assists on the night. Tiger's 60-goal scorer Emerson Etem added his 61st with four seconds remaining to make it a 4-2 final in favor of the Kings. The Oil Kings held a potent Tigers power play to 0 for 8 on the night while improving their road record to 20-10-2-3.
The race for the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy will come down to the Oil Kings final game tomorrow as they take on the Red Deer Rebels. An Edmonton win or a regulation loss by Tri Cities to Spokane would clinch the WHL regular season title for the Oil Kings. The Scotty Munro Memorial is awarded to the WHL's regular season champions.
Oil Kings playoff tickets are on sale now. The Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match up against a to be determined opponent will start Friday March 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Game 2 is Sunday March 25, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Advance ticket prices in the first round of the playoffs will remain the same as the regular season. ‘Day of Game’ pricing will be in effect so be sure to purchase your tickets early and save.
The $99 Playoff Pass presented by ATB Financial continues to gain momentum. A one-time, low price of $99 will secure your seat for every Oil Kings home playoff game in 2012! Fans may purchase the Playoff Pass presented by ATB Financial for a limited time in person at the Rexall Place Box Office or online at oilkings.ca. These are only available for a limited time and while supplies last.
The Oil Kings 2011-12 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.