September 23, 2012, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – Curtis Lazar led the way with the first hat trick of his WHL career as the Oil Kings posted a 6-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday afternoon.
For the second game in a row Michael St.Croix opened the scoring in the first two minutes as he tucked in a backhand on Red Deer goaltender Patrik Bartosak. Red Deer would push back as Cory Millete took advantage of a miscue to score an easy wrap around goal at the 13:49 mark of the first period.
Edmonton would counter just two minutes later as Lazar streaked down the right wing one on one and snapped home his first of the game. Lazar then finished a nice feed from Henrik Samuelsson on the rush for his second goal just 18 seconds into the second period. The Oil Kings continued to press as St.Croix would notch his second of the game, digging up his own rebound in the slot to make it a 4-1 game.
The Rebels would make it 4-2 off a goal by Chad Robinson with under seven minutes to play in the second before Lazar answered once again. The sophomore blasted home a shot from the top of the circle to record his hat trick less than a minute after the Rebels goal.
Edmonton would add the only third period goal on a deflection by veteran Klarc Wilson as they cruised to the 6-2 win. The Oil Kings power play was 1 for 7 on the night while holding the Rebels to 0 for 4 with the man advantage. Laurent Brossoit posted 18 saves as Edmonton out shot Red Deer 53-20. Edmonton is one of five WHL teams with a 2-0-0-0 record following opening weekend action.
The Oil Kings will have their first road game of the 2012-13 regular season as they play a mid week match up with the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday. Game time from the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge is 7:00 p.m. – All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca
The WHL edition of the “Battle of Alberta” will commence on Friday, September 28th as the Oil Kings play to host the Calgary Hitmen. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. from Rexall Place.
Tickets are available at OILKINGS.CA, at the Rexall Place Box Office or at Ticketmaster outlets. For more information on season seats or flex packs, call 780-414-GOAL (4625). The Oil Kings 2012-13 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.