The Edmonton Oil Kings have been right there in the thick of things during all three games of their six-game road trip so far – they just don’t yet have a win to show for it.
Anaheim Ducks prospect Kyle Olsen registered his third career four-point game to help propel the Tri-City Americans (3-2-0-0) to a 6-4 win over the Oil Kings (5-3-0-1) in front of 2,630 fans at the Toyota Center on Tuesday night.
The loss extended the Oil Kings winless-in-regulation streak to four games (0-3-0-1), while the Americans managed to get back in the win column after back-to-back losses. Tri-City plays one more game at home on Friday before finally heading on the road for the first time this season on Saturday versus the Kelowna Rockets.
Boston Bilous (2-0-0-1) started the game, but was pulled in favour of Dylan Myskiw (3-3-0-0) after surrendering three goals on four shots in first period action. Myskiw helped the Oil Kings battle back, as they erased 3-0 and 4-3 deficits before surrendering a pair of goals in the third period which turned out to be the eventual difference maker.
Beck Warm (3-2-0-0) – twin brother of Oil Kings defenceman Will Warm – earned the win in goal, and his first career victory versus Edmonton. The Whistler, BC native made 25 saves on 29 shots to register the win.
Parker AuCoin gave the Americans an early 1-0 lead, scoring his second of the season – unassisted – just 37 seconds into the game.
Isaac Johnson’s second of the season made it 2-0 Tri-City, from Olson and Tom Cadieux, at the 5:03 mark of the opening frame.
The Americans continued to pile it on, as they extended their lead to 3-0 on a goal by Nolan Yaremko, his fifth of the season, from Olson and Mitchell Brown at 6:41 of the period to end Bilous’ night.
Seconds later the change in goal seemed to provide a spark for the Oil Kings, as Ethan Cap tallied his second of the campaign, unassisted, to cut the Americans lead to 3-1 at 7:16.
The visitors would keep it coming as Jacson Alexander registered his second of the season – also unassisted – with just one second remaining on an Edmonton power play, and just like that it was 3-2 at 13:57.
Just over one minute later it was a brand new game, as Vince Loschiavo notched his sixth of the season to tie things up, 3-3, from Carter Souch and Jake Neighbours as their second power play marker came at 15:07, sending the high-scoring period into the first intermission.
The number of goals scored amongst the two teams were disproportionate to the shots on goal by both sides, and the Oil Kings managed to outshoot the Americans by 10-8 through 20 minutes.
The third power play goal of the night this time belonged to the Americans, as the hosts regained their lead, 4-3, via AuCoin’s second of the game, from Yaremko and Olson, at 12:36.
But before the period was done the Oil Kings would once again answer back, as Loschiavo potted his second of the night, from Souch, to send it to the second intermission tied, 4-4.
Shots on goal were 13-11, Tri-City and 21-21 as the teams geared up for the final frame.
It was the hosts who took over in the last 20 minutes of play, as Olson picked up his fourth point – and first goal – of the game to make it 5-4 Americans, from Dom Schmiemann and Johnson, as the eventual game winner came at 2:47.
The Americans would add an empty net, insurance marker by Riley Sawchuk, from Connor Bouchard and Johnson at 18:51.
Tri-City finished the night going 1-for-5 on the power play, while Edmonton was 2-for-4 with the man advantage.
Wyatt McLeod, Ethan Cap and Conner McDonald each wore an “A” and skated as alternates to captain Trey Fix-Wolansky.
The Oil Kings continue their six-game road trip tomorrow night, October 10 when they face the Portland Winterhawks at 8:00 PM (MT) [7:00 PM PT] at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. They return home to Rogers Place on Friday, October 19 when they host the Red Deer Rebels for a 7:00 PM MT start.
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