Oil Kings vs. Pats GAME BLOG
Edmonton, AB – Michael St. Croix tallied four power-play goals as the Oil Kings closed out their pre-Christmas home schedule with an 8-1 romp over the Regina Pats on Sunday afternoon at Rexall Place. Edmonton's PP was absolutely on fire, going five-for-seven in the game. The Oil Kings extended their winning streak to four and improved to 22-7-2-3 on the season.
Check out the full game recap:
20:00 – Four of the six starting Oil Kings are the same as the previous night's game against the Royals, as Keegan Lowe and Dysin Mayo start on the back end, with T.J. Foster and Stephane Legault up front. Michael St. Croix moves back up to the top forward unit, while Laurent Brossoit returns to the Edmonton net following his week spent at Team Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp. With Brossoit between the pipes, Tristan Jarry gets the day off after posting a 24-save win against Victoria on Saturday.
14:37 – Curtis Lazar has the best scoring chance for the Oil Kings in the early stages, ringing a slap shot off the outside post on a hard drive up the right wing.
14:10 – Henrik Samuelsson takes the first penalty of the game, two minutes for slashing, sending the Oil Kings' WHL-leading penalty kill onto the ice. Edmonton has killed 91.8% of its penalties heading into today's game.
11:46 – Mitch Moroz is sprung on a partial breakaway. He dekes to his forehand and tries to slide the backhand past Matt Hewitt's pad, but the Pats goalie is equal to the challenge and makes the save.
9:55 – Back to the PK for the Oil Kings as Brandon Baddock is sent off for high-sticking.
9:01 – All even at four on four as the Pats take a bench minor for having too many men on the ice after some line-change confusion in the neutral zone.
8:48 – Four on four is short-lived as St. Croix is called for goaltender interference after tripping up Hewitt in his crease, giving the Pats a brief four-on-three power play.
6:30 – Another partial breakaway for Moroz as the causes a turnover at the Pats blueline, but the Oil Kings power forward has his wrist shot obstructed by the Regina defender and Hewitt makes the save.
4:42 – Brossoit makes a brilliant save on a Pats two-on-one rush, as he slides across to deny a one-timer with his blocker. It's Regina's fourth shot on goal but the first real test for Brossoit in his first game back after Team Canada camp.
2:36 – Two more prime scoring chances for the Oil Kings as Lazar and Samuelsson are each denied by Hewitt to keep the game scoreless.
0:00 – Plenty of scoring chances for the Oil Kings but no goals on the board as they're in a scoreless draw with the Pats through 20 minutes. Edmonton leads shots 9-6.
13:22 – Jack Rodewald hits Moroz from behind straight into the boards in front of the Regina bench. Rodewald gets two minutes for boarding while Stephen Hack gets two minutes for roughing and Baddock also gets a pair for roughing, sending the Oil Kings to the PP. Moroz is slightly shaken up on the play but stays on the bench.
12:40 – GOAL! St. Croix strikes again on the PP for his 16th of the season, tying him with Samuelsson for the team lead. Foster passes the puck back to Dylan Wruck at the point who feeds St. Croix to Hewitt's right for the opening goal of the game. St. Croix leads the team with 41 points, while Wruck is right behind him at 40 and Foster gets his 35th. St. Croix also now leads the entire WHL in PPGs with 10.
11:43 – The Oil Kings head right back to the PP as Griffin Mumby is sent to the box for hooking.
10:06 – GOAL! Another man advantage, another goal as Foster converts on a rebound in the slot to make it 2-0 Oil Kings for his 15th of the season, putting him one back of Samuelsson and St. Croix for the team lead in tallies. Legault and Klarc Wilson pick up assists on Edmonton's second goal of the game and period.
1:23 – Lazar gets past the Regina defence but can't corral the bouncing puck and isn't able to get a shot on goal as Hewitt covers it up. Alex Theriau hooks Lazar on the rush, though, sending the Oil Kings back on the PP to close out the middle frame.
0:40 – Wruck absolutely destroys a close range slap shot right off the inside post, coming within inches of putting the Oil Kings three-for-three on the PP in the period.
0:02 – Marc McCoy closes his hand on the puck on a faceoff and is sent off for two minutes, giving the Oil Kings a five-on-three power play.
0:00 – For the second straight game, the Oil Kings pour on the offence in the middle frame with goals from St. Croix and Foster to go up 2-0 on the Pats through 40 minutes. Brossoit is a perfect 14-for-14 in saves and Edmonton is ahead 23-14 in shots, winning the second period 14-8. The Oil Kings will start the third with a five-on-three advantage.
19:15 – GOAL! Samuelsson sends a sharp cross-crease pass to St. Croix who waits out Hewitt and banks a shot in off a Pats defender for the Oil Kings' third PPG of the game to make it 3-0. With his second PPG of the contest, St. Croix extends his league lead in that category to 11 goals. Samuelsson's helper gives him 34 points while Wruck's second assist of the game gives him 41 points, keeping him one behind St. Croix who leads the team with 42.
17:46 – The Pats get on the board after Brossoit makes back-to-back saves on Rodewald and Braden Christoffer, but he can't stop Hak on the third attempt. Oil Kings lead 3-1.
13:58 – St. Croix bursts in on a breakaway looking for the hat trick but Hewitt squeezes his pads together to deny the backhand five-hole attempt and keep it a 3-1 game.
12:58 – Rodewald with another dangerous hit into the boards right by the players benches, this time on Baddock. Wilson comes in to defend and both he and Rodewald get two minutes for roughing.
12:36 – Oil Kings head back to the PP as Darian Henry takes two minutes for holding.
12:21 – St. Croix denied on the hat trick once again as he blasts a power-play shot off the crossbar.
10:58 – ... and it's a GOAL! Play finally stops and the officials review St. Croix's previous attempt. The replay shows the slapshot actually deflects off the crossbar and the back bar to make it 4-1 Oil Kings. St. Croix nets the hat trick with his third PPG of the game, assists to Foster and Wruck. The clock is reset to 12:21 and the play resumes.
10:24 – GOAL! Wilson is the recipient of a beautiful pass by Wruck right to the doorstep and makes no mistake to make it 5-1. Samuelsson tacks on the second assist on the team's first non-PP goal of the game.
8:50 – GOAL! Make it four for St. Croix! The Oil Kings sniper sends a rocket through traffic off the crossbar and in to make it 6-1. Foster and Cody Corbett pick up the assists as the onslaught continues. Trent Oulette was in the box for cross-checking at the time, giving St. Croix his fourth PPG of the game as well. Edmonton is an unreal five-for-seven with the man advantage.
5:53 – Special teams dominance continues for the Oil Kings as Moroz takes a hooking penalty but they kill it off to continue to be the top team in the Dub playing a man down.
4:09 – GOAL! Baddock tallies his second goal in as many games to make it 7-1 Oil Kings, roofing a one-timer from Wilson who took a nice drop pass from Moroz.
1:51 – GOAL! Eight is great for the Oil Kings today as Stephen Shmoorkoff wires a shot from the point through traffic and Foster deflects it in to make it 8-1. Legault also assists on the goal.
0:00 – And that's the game! The Oil Kings destroy the Pats 8-1 with six goals in the final frame. St. Croix leads the way with four goals, all coming on the PP. Foster, Wruck and St. Croix earn three stars honours, respectively. St. Croix becomes the second modern Oil Kings player to score four goals in a game, tying Foster's previous team record.