Full team effort propels Oil Kings to OT win over Tigers
Eighteen assists through the first 21 games of the season is no stat to sneeze at. A stat that’s even better?
The fact that Trey Fix-Wolansky’s most recent 18 assists have been paired with six goals – and have all come in a current nine-game point streak.
Fix-Wolansky registered a pair of assists, including a helper on Brett Kemp’s game winning overtime goal as the Edmonton Oil Kings (12-7-1-1) skated to a 4-3 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers (9-8-1-2) in front of 3,176 fans at Canalta Centre on Saturday night.
The Oil Kings captain and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect has been on a torrid pace since the onset of the 2018-19 campaign, and with his pair of assists Saturday propelled himself into the lone lead for the WHL scoring race with 42 points (12G, 30A) in 21 games played.
The overtime assist gave Kemp his third point of the night (2G, 1A), and extended Kemp’s point streak to four games (6G, 3A).
Dylan Myskiw (9-5-1-0) picked up his second straight win, turning aside 25 of 28 Medicine Hat shots.
Rookie netminder Mads Sogaard (4-1-1-2) stood tall at 6-foot-7 but couldn’t muster the win, despite making 41 saves on 45 Oil Kings’ shots.
After a scoreless first period, it was Kemp who opened the game’s scoring on the power play to give the Oil Kings a 1-0 lead at 9:20 of the middle frame, from Quinn Benjafield.
Just over three minutes later the Tigers would tie things up, as Ryan Jevne made it a 1-1 game, from Ryan Chyzowski at 13:00 which is how things would end after 40 minutes.
Edmonton outshot Medicine Hat by an 18-6 margin in the first period, and 12-11 in the second period for a two-period total of 30-17 into the second intermission.
Just over five minutes into the third period it was the Tigers who took their first lead of the night, as Trevor Longo registered his first career WHL goal to put Medicine Hat up 2-1, from Linus Nassen and James Hamblin, at 5:50.
But the Oil Kings pressed with a 5-on-3 man advantage, as Vince Loschiavo reacquainted himself with the scoresheet with his ninth of the season; a power play marker from Kemp and Fix-Wolansky to tie the game, 2-2, at 8:21.
On the same power play with Edmonton now playing 5-on-4 they capitalized again, taking a 3-2 lead on Andrei Pavlenko’s fifth of the season, from Vladimir Alistrov and Ethan Cap, at 11:19.
Just over two minutes later the tides would turn and it was the Tigers who skated with a 5-on-3 man advantage after back-to-back penalties to the Oil Kings, and Hayden Ostir once again tied things up, 3-3, at 13:50 with assists to Josh Williams and Dylan MacPherson.
That was how regulation would end as the Oil Kings outshot the Tigers 14-11.
Fix-Wolansky’s heads-up feed to Kemp into a wide open cage ended the game on the first shot of overtime just 1:11 in, with Conner McDonald picking up the secondary assist.
Medicine Hat was 1-for-4 on the power play while Edmonton finished the night going 3-for-8 with the man advantage.
Hayden Ostir (MH) (3), Brett Kemp (EDM) (2), and Mads Sogaard (MH) (1) were selected as the Three Stars of the Game.
Wyatt McLeod, Conner McDonald and Matthew Robertson each wore an “A” and skated as alternates to captain Trey Fix-Wolansky.
The Oil Kings are back in action Monday night, November 12 when they take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 7:00 PM MT at the Canalta Centre. They return to Rogers Place on November 17 when they host the Kelowna Rockets at Rogers Place at 7:00 PM MT for Wizards & Witches Night.
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