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St. Croix scores winner with 63 seconds left as Oil Kings defeat Winterhawks 4-3

Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 1:34 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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St. Croix scores winner with 63 seconds left as Oil Kings defeat Winterhawks 4-3

PORTLAND, Ore. - Michael St. Croix scored the winning goal with 63 seconds left to play to complete a Oil Kings comeback as Edmonton defeated the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 on Wednesday in the WHL.

Portland had the only goal of the first period, as Winterhawks centre Nicolas Petan opened the scoring on the power play at seven minutes into the frame.

Travis Ewanyk tied the game for Edmonton three minutes into the second, but 10 minutes later the Winterhawks regained the lead when Troy Rutkowski scored a power-play goal.

Taylor Leier made it 3-1 Portland at 16:05, but Edmonton's Dylan Wruck cut the deficit with three seconds left in the second.

Trevor Cheek evened the game with his 27th goal of the year early in the third, with an assist by St. Croix.

With Tyler Wotherspoon off for hooking, St. Croix connected for his 33rd of the year to win it for the Oil Kings.

Mac Carruth made 38 saves for the Western Conference-leading Winterhawks (51-11-3).

The Oil Kings lead the Eastern Conference at 45-15-5.

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That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3