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Around the Farm: St. Croix nets OT winner to keep Oil Kings alive; Noreau’s BAC lose in QMJHL Finals

On Friday night, Michael St. Croix (4th, 2011) kept his Edmonton Oil Kings career going for at least one more game, scoring two goals –including the overtime winner– in Game Five against the Portland Winterhawks. St. Croix’s goals (his 12th and 13th of the postseason) gave the Oil Kings a chance to tie the series in Game Six, which will be today at 4pm.

Meanwhile, Sam Noreau (6th, 2011) and his Baie-Comeau Drakkar lost 5-1 in Game Five of the QMJHL Finals, and lost the series 4-1 to the Halifax Mooseheads. Noreau was a -2 in the series. There is no shame in losing to the Mooseheads, who have two of the top three picks in this year’s draft (Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin) and one of the top goaltending prospects (Zachary Fucale).

Noreau has until June 1 to sign with the Rangers, or he will re-enter the draft. I’d venture a guess to say the club will sign him, as they are very thin on defensive prospects at the AHL level.

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