Talk about making a good first impression.
Andrew Fyten notched a goal and an assist in his Edmonton Oil Kings debut which included scoring the game winning goal in overtime to propel the team to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Hitmen in front of 6,751 fans on Saturday at Rogers Place.
The Oil Kings (17-12-4-2) trailed the Hitmen (15-14-3-1), 2-0, past the midway point of the second period before Vince Loschiavo got the team on the board in the second period and David Kope tied things up with just over eight minutes to play in the third.
Fyten’s overtime heroics came just 40 seconds into extra time, and gives the Oil Kings at least a point in five of their last six games (3-1-2-0).
Dylan Myskiw (13-7-2-1) returned to the Edmonton goal and picked up the win as well as Third Star honours, making 32 saves on 34 Calgary shots.
His counterpart Jack McNaughton (9-7-1-1) took the loss, stopping 41 of 44 Oil Kings shots strewn his way.
After a cross-check high on Parker Gavlas was missed deep in the Calgary zone, the Hitmen took the puck into the attacking end and opened the game’s scoring. Kaden Elder scored his 13th of the season, from James Malm and Egor Zamula, at 18:30 to send the game to the first intermission with Calgary leading 1-0.
Shots on goal in the opening frame were 10-10.
Just over two minutes into the second period it was 2-0 Hitmen as a Jake Kryski shot deflected past Myskiw on the power play, from Zamula and Carson Focht, at 2:19.
But the Oil Kings would eventually get themselves on the board as Vince Loschiavo tallied his 15th of the season, assisted by Brett Kemp, to make it a 2-1 game after 40 minutes.
Shots on goal through two periods favoured Edmonton, 27-25.
Kope’s sixth of the season from Scott Atkinson and Fyten tied the game, 2-2, at 11:32, which would eventually cap off scoring in regulation and send the game to the five-minute, 3-on-3 overtime.
Shots on goal in the third period were heavily tilted in Edmonton’s favour, 16-8, and were 1-1 in overtime for a game total of 44-34, Oil Kings.
Saturday also marked the regular season debut for the Oil Kings second round, 23rd overall selection from the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, forward Kobe Verbicky.
Calgary was 1-for-3 on the power play while Edmonton finished the night going 0-for-6 with the man advantage.
Dylan Myskiw (EDM) (3), Jack McNaughton (CGY) (2), and Andrew Fyten (EDM) (1) were selected as the Three Stars of the Game.
Wyatt McLeod, Ethan Cap and Matthew Robertson each wore an “A” and skated as alternate captains.
The Oil Kings close out play before the holiday break tomorrow, Sunday, December 16 against the Kootenay ICE at 4:00 PM MT at Rogers Place.
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