Edmonton, AB – It may have been Salute To Saskatchewan Night on Monday at Rexall Place, but the Edmonton Oil Kings were anything but friendly to the visiting Regina Pats, as they destroyed their eastern opponents 9-3.
The Oil Kings are absolutely on fire right now, as they won their fourth consecutive game with the rout over the Pats, and they’re now 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 games. They continue to cement themselves as a playoff-position squad, as they hold down seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 15-14-0-2 record. The last time the Oil Kings were above .500 was mid-October, and they’re now one win away from matching their win total from all of last season.
Oil Kings first-line centre Jordan Hickmott had a monstrous night in the lopsided victory, tallying a hat-trick and three assists for a six-point performance. The 20-year-old’s point totals skyrocketed, as he’s now second in Oil Kings scoring with 16 goals and 15 assists. Not to be outdone were his linemates, Dylan Wruck and Stephane Legault, who scored four and three points, respectively.
“It seemed like our line was scoring every shift for a while there … we were really clicking tonight,” Hickmott said. “Getting back over .500 is something we’ve been trying to do for a while. We dug ourselves a hole with that long losing streak we had, but we’ve battled back and we’re really excited with where we’re at as a team right now.”
Edmonton’s leading scorer Michael St. Croix continued his assault on the WHL and his ascent up the leader board, as he also had three points with a trio of helpers. The sniper now has a remarkable 21 points in his last eight games and has risen all the way up to 10th in league scoring with 18 goals and 24 assists. Linemate T.J. Foster extended his goal-scoring streak to eight games with a pair of markers in the blowout.
Defenceman Adrian Van de Mosselaer put the final nail in the coffin with the Oil Kings’ ninth goal of the night to go along with his two assists, giving him a three-point night. Rookie forward David Stephens also earned his monumental first WHL point with an assist on Van de Mosselaer’s tally. And goalie Jon Groenheyde picked up the win, making 22 saves to improve to 7-3-0-1 since getting traded from the Kamloops Blazers.
There were also two very spirited scraps in the game, as Oil Kings Klarc Wilson and Travis Ewanyk showed that their team can do more than just score goals. Wilson earned a fairly decisive decision over Art Bidlevskii, while Ewanyk went blow for blow with Dyson Stevenson.
The Oil Kings will look to continue their winning ways when the Swift Current Broncos come to town on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for another K-97 and 96.3 Capital FM Wiener Wednesday, with delicious hot dogs on sale for just $2 all night. The Broncos are one spot and six points above the Oil Kings in the conference standings, sitting in sixth with a 19-17-0-0 record.
The Chilliwack Bruins visit Rexall after that on Friday at 7 p.m. for the much-anticipated Toyota Teddy Bear Toss game. 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 are available at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at oilkings.ca, or by calling 780-414-GOAL (4625).