Even George Lucas couldn’t have drawn up a better script for the Edmonton Oil Kings on Family Day Monday.
After being shut out for the first time this season in their most recent game action – 4-0 to Regina on Friday night – the empire struck back to earn a 5-0 shutout victory of their own over the Medicine Hat Tigers in front of a robust crowd of 11,296 fans on Star Wars Night at Rogers Place.
The win also marked the first career WHL shutout for goaltender and First Star of the game, Dylan Myskiw (21-11-2-3), who put forth an extraordinary effort with 38 total saves on the afternoon.
The force was with the Oil Kings (32-18-4-4) early and often, as they took a 3-0 lead by beating Tigers 6-foot-7 netminder Mads Sogaard (15-6-2-2) three times in a 1:44 span inside the first 4:14 of the first period.
The loss for the Tigers (31-22-3-2) was their fourth in a row, while the Oil Kings got back into the win column while maintaining their lead (72 points) atop the Central Division standings.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes (70) remain two points back of Edmonton in the division with a win over Kootenay on Monday, while Medicine Hat sits at 67 points; five points back of the Oil Kings.
Vladimir Alistrov was named the game’s Second Star, tallying a goal and two assists for a three-point night. Quinn Benjafield, Scott Atkinson and Vince Loschiavo each potted a goal and an assist while Andrei Pavlenko also had a two-point night (2A) and was named the game’s Third Star.
Atkinson’s ninth of the season opened the game’s scoring, from Alistrov and Pavlenko, at 2:30. Andrew Fyten made it 2-0 just 21 seconds later with his 15th of the season, going bardown from Matthew Robertson and Jake Neighbours, at 2:51.
At 4:14 Alistrov, assisted by Atkinson and Pavlenko, made it 3-0 which is how the game would remain until just under seven minutes left in the third period.
Benjafield registered his 12th of the season on the power play, from Alistrov and Vince Loschiavo, to make it 4-0 Edmonton. Loschiavo inched closer to matching his single-season high of goals in a season (29 in 2016-17) with his 27th, from Trey Fix-Wolansky and Benjafield, to round out the game’s scoring at 18:03.
Shots on goal in the first period of play were 16-15 Edmonton, 14-6 Medicine Hat in the second, and 9-9 in the third for a game total of 38-31, Tigers.
Medicine Hat was 0-for-5 on the power play, while Edmonton finished the game going 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
Andrei Pavlenko (EDM) (3), Vladimir Alistrov (EDM)) (2), and Dylan Myskiw (EDM) (1) were selected as the Three Stars of the Game.
Wyatt McLeod, Conner McDonald and Matthew Robertson each wore an “A” and skated as alternate captains to Trey Fix-Wolansky.
The Oil Kings are back in action on Friday, February 22 when they host the Red Deer Rebels for a 7:00 PM MT start.
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