Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Oil Kings established an early lead and never looked back as they powered their way to a 3-1 win over the visiting Saskatoon Blades on Sunday night at Rexall Place. Recent 40 goal scorer Michael St.Croix tallied his 41st of the season for the eventual game winner as the Oil Kings led from start to finish.
T.J. Foster notched his career best 26th of the season to open the scoring in the first. Foster worked a nice give and go with Stephane Legault and finished nicely to give the Oil Kings the 1-0 lead. St.Croix’s goal came in the second as Dylan Wruck made a nice feed from behind the net and set up the Oil Kings leading scorer for a great shot from the top of the slot. The Oil Kings carried the pace into the third period and held off a 5 on 3 power play by the Blades to start the period. Saskatoon would finally get on the board late in the game off an Edmonton tunrover following a penalty kill.
Rookie Curtis Lazar tallied late on a power play with under a minute to go in the game to make it a 3-1 final with his 16th of the year. Edmonton’s power play would finish the night 1 for 5 while the penalty kill went 100% holding the visitors to 0 for 8 with the man advantage. Edmonton outshot Saskatoon 34-17 on the night and raised their record to an amazing 35-1-1-1 when leading going into the third period.
Oil Kings goaltender Laurent Brossoit made some huge saves when called upon as he notched his 37th win of the season with a 16 save performance. The Oil Kings remain first overall in the Eastern Conference with a record of 44-15-3-4. Edmonton is now six points ahead of the Moose Jaw Warriors for top spot in the conference. The Kings are also just one point behind Portland in the race for the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy awarded to the WHL’s regular season champion.
The boys will be geared up for what should be another classic at Rexall Place as YOUR first place Oil Kings take on the second place Warriors. The tribe’s lineup boasts a mix of WHL veterans and NHL draft picks including New York Rangers first rounder Dylan McIlrath. The results of this game will go a long way to deciding the number one spot in the Eastern Conference and could have a baring on the Oil Kings bid for first overall in the WHL standings.
There are just two more regular season games to cash in unused tickets with the Never Waste A Ticket program. Bring a big group to one of our remaining games or bring a fan that’s never experienced ‘THE OTHER’ Oil In Town and get them hooked on Oil Kings Hockey. It is recommended that fans drop by Telus Field prior to the date of the game and exchange their unused tickets to avoid the game day rush.
The playoffs are coming back to the City of Champions! All playoff tickets are on sale now. That includes the brand new Playoff Pass presented by ATB Financial. 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, by calling 780-414-GOAL (4625) or online at oilkings.ca. While supplies last. The Oil Kings 2011-12 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.