Lethbridge, AB – Oil Kings goaltender Laurent Brossoit put on a show as the Oil Kings posted an impressive 4-0 shutout win over the Hurricanes on Thursday night. Brossoit added to his Oil Kings club record as he made 45 saves for the sixth shutout of his WHL career. With the win the Oil Kings raised their record to 26-8-2-3 on the season as they retain first place in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.
Three minutes into the first and Mitch Moroz opened the scoring for the second straight game. Moroz dug up a rebound in the blue paint and shoveled home his eighth of the season to give the Oil Kings the early lead. Edmonton has a record of 20-3-0-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.
A Hurricanes power play goal in the second was negated after video review as officials confirmed the whistle had gone prior to the puck crossing the goalline. The Oil Kings would take advantage minutes later as Klarc Wilson added to the lead. Moroz and Travis Ewanyk forced a turnover in the Hurricanes zone helping Wilson notch his fifth of the season to make it a 2-0 game. Wilson, Moroz and Ewanyk all ended the night with two points a piece. Lethbridge continued to surge but couldn’t solve “LB” despite out shooting the Oil Kings 34-28 through two periods.
Edmonton’s number one ranked penalty kill was put to the test to start the third. The Oil Kings were forced to kill off three consecutive penalties including 45 seconds of 5 on 3 play. Brossoit came up big once again as the Hurricanes man advantage was held to 0 for 6 on the night. The WHL’s best penalty kill has not allowed a power play goal against in three straight games and 15 opportunities.
Stephane Legault would tally a clutch goal for the Oil Kings with under eight minutes to play. It was the Oil Kings first shot of the third period and put an end to the Lethbridge momentum. Legault snapped home a top corner shot off a nice feed from T.J. Foster to make it a 3-0 game. On his next shift the Edmonton native took a great pass from Stephen Shmoorkoff and buried a breakaway goal cross bar down to ice the 4-0 win. The Oil Kings have now won three games in a row and eight of their last ten. The hockey club was ranked sixth in the CHL BMO Mastercard Top Ten this week.
The defending WHL Champions make their return to Rexall Place on Saturday, January 5th as they play host the Vancouver Giants. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. and 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.