Buzzing the Net made him their Number 3 star last night.
The Oil King describe the four goals that St. Croix scored as:
- Goal 1: “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.” The goal is described as coming from a bad angle shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle
- Goal 2: “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.”
- Goal 3: 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.”
- Goal 4: “The Oil Kings sniper sends a rocket through traffic off the crossbar and in to make it 6-1.”
The goals, in this highlight clip, come at 10 seconds, 38 seconds, 1:03 and 1:28
Gordie Clark told Blueshirts United that St. Croix was very open to hearing how the Rangers wanted him to get better, “We hoped he would continue where he left off last year. we didn’t want to see a drop off. I thought that he and his team faded in the Memorial Cup last year but he is a big boy and he loved the fact that I went right to him and told him that we thought his game slipped and that he had to do something over the summer to take care of that. He worked out hard and they are going to be one of the teams out in the West to be favored again. He plays a lot, he handles the puck a lot. He is on the power play and he is scoring goals and making plays. That is the kind of player that he has to be.
Leslie Treff writes at Hockey’s Future that St. Croix is a potential second line center and can both score and make plays. She does note that St. Croix does need to add more strength to be a productive force in the NHL.