Vladimir Alistrov broke open a 1-1 tie at 4:12 of the third period and Vince Loschiavo gave the team some much valued insurance just over three minutes later as the Edmonton Oil Kings (40-18-4-4) defeated the Red Deer Rebels (33-26-4-2), 3-2, in front of 4,070 fans at the Enmax Centrium on Tuesday night.
The Oil Kings have earned at least a point in 20 of their last 24 games played (19-4-0-1) and maintain sole possession of the Central Division with 88 points and 40 wins with two games remaining (vs. CGY, @ CGY). The Lethbridge Hurricanes have 86 points and 38 wins, also with two games left to play (@ RD, @ CGY).
Edmonton can clinch the Central on Friday night with a Lethbridge loss in regulation.
The Oil Kings have already clinched a berth in the 2019 WHL Playoffs, but their first round playoff opponent, playoff dates and times have yet to be determined and will be posted on OilKings.ca once finalized.
Dylan Myskiw (27-11-2-3) once again turned out an impressive performance, earning his seventh straight win by making 19 saves on 21 Rebels shots.
Ethan Anders (28-20-4-1) took the loss, surrendering three goals on the Oil Kings steady flow of 37 shots.
Trey Fix-Wolansky opened the game’s scoring with his 37th of the season, giving Edmonton a 1-0 lead, from Scott Atkinson and Matthew Robertson, at 12:00 of the first period.
The goal gives Fix-Wolansky 101 points on the season (37G, 64A), placing him just four points back of the existing franchise-best mark of most points tallied by a member of the Oil Kings in modern history of 105 set by Michael St. Croix in 2011-12.
With under four minutes to play in the period the Rebels tied the game, 1-1, on a goal by Dawson Barteaux – a power play marker – at 16:15 which would wrap up first period scoring.
Shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes were 8-8.
After a scoreless second period, Alistrov’s go-ahead goal – his 12th of the season – from Scott Atkinson and Andrei Pavlenko put the Oil Kings up 2-1 before Loschiavo notched his 34th of the year on the power play, from Quinn Benjafield and Robertson at 7:28 to give the team a 3-1 edge.
Red Deer climbed to within one to make it 3-2 on the power play at 12:27, but despite late-game pressure by the home team the Oil Kings were able to stave off the comeback attempt.
Edmonton outshot Red Deer by a steep 17-3 margin in that scoreless second period, followed by 12-10 in the third for a game total of 37-21.
Red Deer was 2-for-6 on the power play, while Edmonton finished the game going 1-for-2 with the man advantage.
Matthew Robertson (EDM) (3), Dawson Barteaux (RD) (2), and Scott Atkinson (EDM) (1) were selected as Three Stars of the Game.
Wyatt McLeod, Ethan Cap and Matthew Robertson each wore an “A” and skated as alternate captains to Trey Fix-Wolansky.
The last weekend of the regular season will see Edmonton host Calgary on Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 PM MT before the two teams meet the following night, Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 PM MT at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
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