Edmonton, AB – Michael St.Croix led the way with two goals and an assist as the Oil Kings notched a 5-2 come from behind win over the Victoria Royals on Sunday. St.Croix and sophomore Curtis Lazar became the first Oil Kings this season to reach the 30 goal plateau. The Oil Kings maintained a seven point lead over the Hitmen for first place in the Eastern Conference. Edmonton’s record improves to 42-12-2-3 on the season as they trail the Portland Winterhawks by eight points in the race for the WHL regular season title.
Edmonton fell behind 2-0 in the first period with the Royals’ Jamie Crooks and Steven Hodges opening the scoring. But the Oil Kings would respond in the second with a greasy goal from Travis Ewanyk. The power play marker was the fire-starter for the Oil Kings as they charged to a 3-2 lead with goals from St.Croix and David Musil.
Lazar and St.Croix’s team leading 30th goals of the season came within 1:03 of each other in the third as the Oil Kings cruised to the 5-2 win. That’s back to back 30-goal seasons for St. Croix. Edmonton is the highest scoring team in the Eastern Conference and has allowed the least number of goals against in the entire WHL.
The three point night gave St.Croix 299 career WHL points as he looks to become the first Oil Kings player to reach 300 in the modern era. Edmonton out shot Victoria 38-19 in the game and 19-5 in the second period alone. The Oil Kings power play went 1 for 5 while holding the Royals to 0 for 3 with the man advantage.
The Oil Kings will complete the Family Day weekend with a game on the holiday Monday at 2:00 p.m. versus the Prince George Cougars. This Family Day matinee will include 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 and popcorn is just $2 bucks!
All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca. 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.
Season Seat Holders are reminded that the Never Waste A Ticket program has changed. There are only four home games remaining in the second segment of the season! Any unused tickets from January 5th until now are eligible to be redeemed for any one of our remaining home games. It is recommended that fans drop by the Ticket Office at TELUS Field during regular business hours to avoid the game day rush. You can also call an Oil Kings Customer Experience Representative at 780-414-GOAL (4625) to choose your games and seat location for a speedy pick-up on game day.