The Edmonton Oil Kings will embark on their six-game road trip looking to begin a brand new win streak.
Kirby Dach netted a goal and two assists while Nolan Maier made 32 saves as the Saskatoon Blades (4-2-0-0) handed the Oil Kings (5-1-0-0) their first loss of the season, 5-3, in front of 3,846 fans at Rogers Place on Wednesday night.
The loss snaps a franchise-best five straight wins to start a season, the best mark by the team out of the gate in the team’s modern history. Dylan Myskiw (3-1-0-0) was saddled with his first loss of the season, turning aside 30 of 34 shots on goal.
Nolan Maier improved his record to 4-2-0-0, as the Blades snapped a mini two-game slump after beginning the season 3-0-0-0.
The lone goal of the first period came on the stick of the visitors, as Brandon Machado gave the Blades a 1-0 lead, unassisted, at 14:25. Shots on goal through the opening period were 13-11 in favour of Saskatoon.
Just past the midway point of the second period the Blades would not only take a 2-0 lead, but would do so while shorthanded as Eric Florchuk notched his second of the season. Dach earned the lone assist on the goal at the 10:40 mark.
Finally, the Oil Kings would get themselves on the board after a tic-tac-toe feed on the power play resulted in Trey Fix-Wolansky’s third goal of the season, from Vladimir Alistrov and Jacson Alexander, at 15:08 to cut the Saskatoon lead to 2-1 and wrap up second period scoring.
Shots on goal were 26-22, Blades through 40 minutes of play.
The Oil Kings looked to erase their deficit as the puck dropped on the third period, but instead it was the Blades who extended their lead, scoring a pair of goals just 1:24 apart.
Dawson Davidson sailed a shot from the point that found its way past Myskiw, from Logan Christensen and Riley McKay, at 2:12 to restore the Blades two-goal lead, 3-1, before Florchuk’s second of the game at 3:36 made it 4-1, from Dach and Emil Malysjev.
A highlight reel marker by Fix-Wolansky injected some life into his squad, as his between-the-legs, top-shelf snipe over the shoulder of Maier cut the Blades lead in half, 4-2, at 11:20 for his second goal of the game.
Wyatt McLeod tallied his first of the season, assisted by Jalen Luypen – his first WHL point – and Alistrov, to make it a one-goal game, 4-3, with 2:57 left to play.
But with 1:36 remaining and Myskiw on the bench in favour of an extra Oil Kings attacker, Dach registered his fourth goal of the season into the empty net from newly acquired Brandon Schuldhaus to secure the 5-3 final.
Final shots on goal were even at 35-35.
Saskatoon finished the night going 0-for-4 on the power play, while Edmonton was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Dawson Davidson (SAS) (3), Trey Fix-Wolansky (EDM) (2) and Eric Florchuk (SAS) (1) were selected as the Three Stars of the Game.
Wyatt McLeod, Matthew Robertson and Ethan Cap each wore an “A” and skated as alternates to captain Trey Fix-Wolansky.
Before puck drop, goaltender Boston Bilous was awarded the Blue Willow Restaurant/Vic Mah Trophy for Unsung Hero for the month of September.
The Oil Kings are back in action on Friday, October 5 when they take on the Kootenay ICE at 7:00 PM MT in their first of six consecutive road games. 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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