The Edmonton Oil Kings rang in the New Year exactly the way they finished the old one;
On a winning note.
Trey Fix-Wolansky potted a goal and an assist and Dylan Myskiw turned aside 34 of 35 shots to guide the Oil Kings (21-12-4-3) to a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants (23-10-2-0) in front of 8,003 fans at Rogers Place on Tuesday.
It was the sixth straight start in which Myskiw (16-7-2-2) earned at least a point (5-0-0-1), handing the Giants just their tenth regulation loss of the season and second straight loss for Trent Miner.
Miner’s record fell to 10-3-1-0 as he surrendered three goals on just 17 Oil Kings shots.
Carter Souch gave the Oil Kings a 1-0 lead after banking a pass from Fix-Wolansky, his seventh of the season, at 1:29 of the first period with the secondary assist to Logan Dowhaniuk.
Fix-Wolansky’s 24th of the season was a highlight reel snipe on the power play, toe-dragging a Vancouver defender and beating Miner glove side to extend the Edmonton lead to 2-0, from Vince Loschiavo and Ethan Cap at 12:45.
Shots on goal in the opening period favoured the Oil Kings, 11-5.
Bowen Byram’s tenth of the season cut the Edmonton lead in half, 2-1, also on the power play, assisted by Dylan Plouffe and Davis Koch at 12:52.
But just 18 seconds later the Oil Kings responded and restored their two-goal lead, 3-1, on David Kope’s eighth of the season, from Andrew Fyten at 13:10.
Edmonton trailed Vancouver in shots on goal, 22-11, through 40 minutes of play and 35-17 at the end of regulation following a scoreless third.
Vancouver and Edmonton were each 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Bowen Byram (VAN) (3), Trey Fix-Wolansky (EDM) (2), and Dylan Myskiw (EDM) (1) were selected as the Three Stars of the Game.
Wyatt McLeod, Andrew Fyten and Conner McDonald each wore an “A” and skated as alternate captains to Trey Fix-Wolansky.
The Oil Kings are back in action on Friday, January 4 when they host the Victoria Royals for a 7:00 PM MT puck drop.
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