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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's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4