Edmonton, AB – Three unanswered first period goals in a five minute span helped lift the Oil Kings to a 4-1 win over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon. Mitch Moroz got things started just five minutes into the first as he beat his defender out wide and drove hard across the top of the crease to tuck home his 15th of the season on a great individual effort. Just past the midway point of the period it was Tyler Maxwell winding one up from the right side faceoff circle for his 36th of the season. Maxwell continues his torrid pace since arriving in Edmonton and has posted 25 goals and 26 assists in 39 games as an Oil King.
Just 15 seconds later the Oil Kings would take a 3-0 lead as Moroz would dig up a puck in the blue paint and shovel home his second of the game. Moroz continues to impress in his WHL rookie season with 15 goals and 120 PIMs. The goal also marked the first assist by the returning Travis Ewanyk in 11-12. An Edmonton Oilers draft pick Ewanyk has missed the entire season to this point rehabing from surgery. Ewanyk led all Oil Kings with a plus 3 plus/minus rating on the day.
The Hurricanes would push back with a late goal from Brady Ramsay to make it 3-1 going into the third. Edmonton would hold the line and raise their record to 33-1-1-1 with the lead going into the final period as Stephane Legault would notch an empty net goal to make it a 4-1 final.
Starting goaltender Laurent Brossoit returned to form as he posted a 31 save performance including a second and third period where the Oil Kings were out shot 25-17. Brossoit now has a record of 35-13-2-3 to rank second in the WHL.
The Oil Kings remain firmly atop the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 41-15-3-4 and 89 points. They are currently in a three-way tie for second in the WHL overall standings, just a point behind the WHL leading Kamloops Blazers.
Next up the Oil Kings will take on the defending WHL Champion Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook on Wednesday with game time set for 7PM MST. Follow along on twitter @edmoilkings and online at oilkings.ca to keep up with YOUR team on the road. All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca
The Oil Kings return to Rexall Place on Saturday, March 3rd for Scouts Canada sleepover night as the Edmonton takes on the Swift Current Broncos! The Oil Kings will don special Scouts Canada Themed Jerseys to be auctioned off for this event. Following the game the Oil Kings will play host to over 1000 Scouts for a post game sleepover at Rexall Place! Puck drops at 7PM – doors open at 6. Tickets are on sale now online at oilkings.ca OR by calling 414-GOAL.
The Oil Kings are gearing up for the playoffs! 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! The Playoff Pass is available for a limited time only while supplies last at oilkings.ca OR by calling 414-GOAL.
Attention Season Seat Holders – Keep an eye on your mailboxes, your season seat renewal package has been mailed! Renew by our deadline of March 9th for terrific incentives like $50 in Oil Kings bucks per seat and additional playoff tickets! Complete the renewal process online by the March 9th deadline for additional Oil Kings gifts.