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WHL Roundup: A look at Sunday's games

Sunday, 09.23.2012 / 11:34 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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WHL Roundup: A look at Sunday's games

Curtis Lazar showed in his rookie season he can score goals, but this year he's taking his production up a level.

The 17-year-old scored his first career hat trick as the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the visiting Red Deer Rebels 6-2 on Sunday afternoon in Western Hockey League action.

Last season Lazar scored 20 goals in his rookie campaign, including three two-goal performances.

Michael St. Croix scored twice for the Oil Kings (2-0-0) while Stephane Legault, T.J. Foster and Cody Corbett chipped in with two assists each.

Klarc Wilson added a single goal to round out Edmonton's scoring.

Chad Robinson and Cory Millette scored for the Rebels (0-0-2), who have now dropped five straight decisions to the Oil Kings dating back to last season.

Edmonton's Laurent Brossoit made 18 saves for the victory while Patrik Bartosak stopped 47-of-53 shots in a losing effort.

Edmonton went 1 for 7 on the power play while Red Deer failed to score on four chances with the man advantage.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Prince George 7 Everett 6 (SO); and Portland 4 Tri-City 2.

At Edmonton, St. Croix opened the scoring 1:29 into the first period.

Millette tied the game for Red Deer at 13:49, but Lazar scored shorthanded at 15:48 to give the Oil Kings a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.

Lazar added his second goal 18 seconds into the second period and St. Croix scored again at 8:10, while on the power play.

Robinson cut into Edmonton's lead at 13:20, however Lazar's third goal of the day, which came less than a minute later, restored a three-goal lead for his club heading into the final period.

Wilson added one more goal for the Oil Kings at 15:27 of the third period.

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Cougars 7 Silvertips 6 (SO)

At Everett, Wash., the Cougars scored three unanswered goals in the third period to force extra time before Prince George (2-0-0) eventually beat the Silvertips (0-1-1) in a shootout.

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Winterhawks 4 Americans 2

At Kennewick, Wash., Chase De Leo and Nicolas Petan each scored twice to lead Portland (2-1-0) past Tri-City (0-2-0).

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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