January 27, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – Curtis Lazar’s two goal effort led the Oil Kings as they took a 5-2 win over the Wheat Kings on Saturday at Rexall Place. Edmonton dominated play as they out-shot the Wheaties 52-28 on the night.
With the victory, the Oil Kings hold a seven point lead over the Calgary Hitmen for first place in the WHL Eastern Conference.
The Oil Kings all-time leading scorer, Michael St.Croix, opened the scoring eight minutes into the game. Trevor Cheek made a pretty, no look pass from behind the net to St.Croix who buried his 23rd of the season from in tight. The tally was St.Croix’s 114th WHL goal as he continues to add to his modern franchise record. Stephane Legault scored his 10th of the season just past the midway point of the period to make it a 2-0 game. Brandon answered back with five minutes remaining in the first with a goal from Jayce Hawryluk. Edmonton dominated play in the first period out-shooting the Wheaties 15-3 to earn a 2-1 lead going into the middle frame.
The Oil Kings took their foot off the gas as Brandon’s Eric Roy scored seven minutes into the second period. Roy’s point shot deflected off an Oil Kings’ defender in front of the net and found it’s way behind Oil Kings’ goaltender Tristan Jarry. Curtis Lazar answered on the end of a 2 on 1 with Dylan Wruck. Lazar ripped a shot upstairs on Curtis Honey as the Oil Kings regained the one goal lead. The goal sparked the Oil Kings offense as Wruck would add a goal of his own on the power play with 4 minutes left in the period. Wruck buried a shot from the top of the slot to make it a 4-2 game. Lazar then capped the 3 unanswered goals with a nice tuck on a partial breakaway. The sophomore from Vernon, BC took a nice pass from Henrik Samuelsson behind the defense and finished with a backhand forehand deke. The Oil Kings smothered the Wheat Kings attack in the third as they pushed their record to 31-1-1-1 when leading after the second period.
Jarry would finish the night with a 26 save performance as he raised his record to 13-5-0-0. The highly touted NHL prospect continues to lead the league with a 1.62 GAA and a 0.935 save percentage. Jarry has allowed only four goals in his last five starts and has a WHL best five shutouts in 18 starts this season.
Edmonton is right back at it Sunday afternoon as they take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes at Rexall Place. It will be another Family Fun SUN Day presented by Mott’s Fruitsations and the Edmonton SUN. This game will feature a family friendly 4:00 p.m. puck drop!
Family Fun SUNDay includes a kids zone with lots of inflatables and carnival activities for the kids. The new kids size meal combos including a hamburger or hot dog, small fries and small pop are only $6. Popcorn is just $2 bucks. All the Oil Kings remaining regular season Family Fun SUNday games at Rexall Place have been scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
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). All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca. The Oil Kings 2012-13 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.
Every point counts as the Oil Kings are in a slugfest atop the WHL Eastern Conference standings. Adding to the intrigue, the Oil Kings find themselves trading blows with their Battle of Alberta rivals – the Calgary Hitmen. The 8 Ticket Flex Pack presented by Fresh FM is a great way to keep up with YOUR defending WHL Champions as we continue the push towards the post-season! Each package includes 8 regular season tickets you can use any time in the best side seats and a replica WHL Championship Ring.