Edmonton, AB -The Edmonton Oil Kings showed off their number one ranked power play as they posted a 7-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Sunday at Rexall Place. Michael St.Croix had a pair of power play goals while Henrik Samuelsson and Dylan Wruck scored a goal and three assists each to lead the Oil Kings to their fifth win in a row. The Edmonton power play went 4 for 9 on the night as they raised their league leading power play percentage to 28%.
Trevor Cheek opened the scoring for the Oil Kings on their first power play of the game. Cheek tallied his 24th of the year and 10th on the power play by putting home a Michael St.Croix rebound at the side of the net. Just seconds later and the Hurricanes would storm back with an equalizer by Josh Derko.
Edmonton would regain the lead with 1:27 remaining in the period. Henrik Samuelsson made a highlight reel play to turn his defender inside out before setting up rookie Dysin Mayo’s first WHL goal. The native of Victoria, BC joined the rush and tucked home the feed from Samuelsson past Canes goaltender Christopher Tai. With Mayo’s game winner, every player on the Oil Kings roster have now tallied their first WHL goals. For the second game in a row the Oil Kings carried a 2-1 lead into the second period of play.
Edmonton added their second power play goal of the day midway through the second as Wruck wired a point shot through traffic. The goal was Wruck’s 15th of the year, he now has eight points in his last three games. The best power play in the WHL was just getting started as they added a pair of goals from St. Croix and another from Samuelsson to close out the second period. Samuelsson continues to dominate with four goals and eight assists during the Oil Kings current five game winning streak.
Rookie Brandon Baddock would go on to notch a 7-1 goal with under five minutes to play in the third. Oil Kings goaltender Laurent Brossoit had 22 saves and his first fighting major as he took on Lethbridge goaltender Ty Rimmer in a late game tilt. Ten fighting majors were awarded in the final 2:18 of the game as both teams combined for a total of 148 penalty minutes. The Oil Kings number one ranked penalty kill held the Hurricanes to 0 for 4 with the man advantage.
With the win, the Oil Kings improve their record to 35-11-2-3 on the season. Edmonton maintains a five point lead over the Calgary Hitmen for first place in the WHL Eastern Conference.
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Next up the Oil Kings will welcome back one of their favorite events of the season on Wednesday morning. The Fourth Annual CN Hockey Hooky will host students and young Oil Kings fans from all around the Edmonton area. The Oil Kings will play the Kootenay Ice at a special 11:30AM time as Rexall Place becomes home to the biggest field trip of the year!
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.