January 23, 2013, Moose Jaw, SK (ISN) – Trevor Cheek posted the second hat trick of his WHL career on route to a five point night as he led the Oil Kings to a 7-0 shutout of the Warriors on Tuesday.
Goaltender Tristan Jarry notched his WHL leading fifth shutout of the season as he added to his Oil Kings modern franchise record. With the win the Oil Kings raised their overall record to 32-11-2-3 and 13-6-1-1 on the road. Edmonton holds a three point lead over Calgary for top spot in the WHL Eastern Conference standings.
The visitors opened the scoring just 61 seconds into the game as Michael St.Croix buried his own rebound from in close to make it 1-0. The goal was St.Croix’s first since December 28th as he ended his recent slump. The Oil Kings all-time leading scorer now has four points in his last three games.
Edmonton continued to pour it on as Cheek and T.J. Foster broke in on a two on one five minutes later. Cheek made a nice feed to Foster who snapped a quick shot upstairs to make it a 2-0 game. Foster was playing in his Oil Kings record 317th WHL game and would finish with a three point night.
Curtis Lazar had the lone second period goal as he shoveled home a shot that rebounded off the back wall to make it 3-0 on a late period power play. Lazar’s 21st goal of the year was also his 10 power play goal of the season. Edmonton out-shot the Warriors 24-9 through the first two periods as they carried a 3-0 lead into the third. The Oil Kings improved their record to an amazing 29-1-1-1 when leading after the second period.
Cheek added to the lead on an early third period power play as he slammed home another Oil Kings shot that rebounded off the back wall. Edmonton’s league leading power play went 3 for 6 on the night and the WHL’s best penalty kill held the Warriors to 0 for 4 with the man advantage. Cheek added his second of the game with five minutes to play in the period as he tapped home a rebound on an Edgars Kulda breakaway.
Less than a minute later Keegan Lowe took advantage of a Moose Jaw turnover and wristed a perfect shot under the bar to make it a 6-0 game. Cheek would add his hat trick goal on an Oil Kings man advantage with under a minute to play. The five point game was a career night for Cheek who arrived in Edmonton at this year’s WHL trade deadline.
The Oil Kings continue this two game road trip through the East division tomorrow as they take on the 2013 Memorial Cup Host Saskatoon Blades. Game time in Saskatoon is set for 6:05 p.m. MST. 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 as they play host to the Brandon Wheat Kings. In their only previous meeting of 2012-13, the Oil Kings took a 6-2 win over the Wheaties on December 31st in Edmonton. The Oil Kings will have a busy weekend as they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes the following day. It will be a special Family Fun SUN Day presented by Mott’s Fruitsations and the Edmonton SUN. It’s Championship hat night at Rexall place as the Oil Kings dish out 1000 replica WHL Championship hats! All fans at the game will be eligible to receive a hat, since scratch-and-win tickets will be used to determine the winners
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.