Edmonton, AB – It wasn’t nearly the offensive output they had two nights prior, but the Edmonton Oil Kings found a way to win their fifth straight game on Wednesday night, defeating the Swift Current Broncos 3-1.
The Oil Kings made it four wins in a row with a 9-3 offensive explosion against the Regina Pats on Monday night, and upped the streak to five with the win on Wednesday — their second five-game winning streak of the season, which is a modern franchise best. The Oil Kings continued their red-hot play and are now 9-1-0-1 in their last 11 games.
Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over the Broncos was also important in the Eastern Conference standings, as the Oil Kings improved to 16-14-0-2 and are now just four points back of Swift Current for sixth place in the conference with six games in hand. The Oil Kings have also already tied their win total from last season with the victory over the Broncos.
“The goals weren’t coming like they were Monday, but we were still taking it to them, got a few goals and played really well on defence,” said Oil Kings left-winger Dylan Wruck, who scored once and was the game’s first star. “We’re on a hot streak right now, and it’s almost a shame we have the holiday break coming up, but it’ll be nice to get home with our families and get right back at it after that.”
Wruck, Mike Piluso and Braeden Laroque scored the goals for the Oil Kings on Wednesday. Wruck one-timed a perfect feed from Jordan Hickmott early in the second, Piluso deflected in a Griffin Reinhart point shot late in the second, and Laroque flicked a point-shot through traffic past goalie Mark Friesen midway through the third.
Michael St. Croix extended his point streak to 11 games with an assist, and moved up to eighth in the WHL scoring race with 43 points, but his linemate T.J. Foster’s eight-game goal-scoring streak unfortunately came to an end. Laurent Brossoit got the start in net for Edmonton, making 18 saves. His counterpart Friesen turned aside 35 of the Oil Kings’ 38 shots.
The Oil Kings are now three games into their four-game homestand, and the Chilliwack Bruins visit Rexall next on Friday at 7 p.m. for the much-anticipated Toyota Teddy Bear Toss game. If they can post another victory on Friday, it will be six straight wins and a new modern franchise record.
For one night only, all tickets are just $10, and when the Oil Kings score their first goal that night, fans can throw the new teddy bears and other plush toys they brought to the game onto the ice. The stuffed animals will then be collected and donated to 630 CHED Santas Anonymous.
Tickets to every Oil Kings home game, including special $10 tickets for the Toyota Teddy Bear Toss, are available at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at oilkings.ca, or by calling 780-414-GOAL (4625).