Josh Williams and Dylan Guenther etched the scoresheet, but the Edmonton Oil Kings (31-8-6-3) saw their winning ways come to an end against a conference rival in game two of their eastern road trip.
Despite a late-game push to tie the game, the Oil Kings suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Prince Albert Raiders (24-14-5-3) in front of 2,759 fans at the Art Hauser Arena – and more than 100 Oil Kings Season Seat Members viewing from Molson Hockey House at Rogers Place for their annual Watch Party – in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
It was the first regulation loss in ten games for the Oil Kings (7-1-1-1), who have now registered at least a point in 19 of their last 21 games (16-2-2-1).
Beck Warm (13-15-3-2) suffered the loss in goal for the Oil Kings; his first regulation loss as a member of the Oil Kings (4-1-0-1), allowing three goals on 35 Raiders shots.
Max Paddock (13-13-3-3) earned the win, making 30 of 32 saves in goal.
The Raiders opened the game’s scoring at 7:29 of the first period, then doubled their lead just over four minutes later at 11:35 to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Shots on goal through the opening 20 minutes favoured Edmonton, 11-9.
With just over five minutes to play in the second period the Oil Kings got on the board while on the power play, as a Williams shot from the far wall deflected off a Prince Albert defender to cut the Raiders lead to 2-1, assisted by Ethan Cap at 14:47.
Shots on goal in the second period were 15-11, Prince Albert for a two-period total of 24-22, Raiders.
Late in the third, Jake Neighbours found Guenther with a brilliant feed, who tapped home his 18th of the year to cut the lead to 3-2 at 18:05, but it was as close as the visitors could come to closing the gap, despite pulling Warm in favour of an extra attacker.
Final shots on goal were 35-32, Raiders after a 11-10 edge for Prince Albert in the third.
Prince Albert was 0-for-3 on the power play, while Edmonton was 1-for-2 with the man advantage.
Matthew Culling (PA) (3), Max Paddock (PA) (2), and Landon Kosior (PA) (1) were selected as the Three Stars of the Game.
Riley Sawchuk, Matthew Robertson and Ethan Cap each wore an “A” and skated as alternates to captain Scott Atkinson.
The Oil Kings close out their three-game road trip tomorrow, Saturday, January 25 when they face the Saskatoon Blades at 6:00 PM MT.
They return to Rogers Place on Tuesday, January 28 when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings at 7:00 PM MT.
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