The Edmonton Oil Kings have already got lots of things that were on their wish list this Christmas, and Santa hasn’t even arrived yet.
First overall pick from the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, Dylan Guenther, had his first two-goal performance and Brett Kemp led the way with a pair of goals and an assist as the Oil Kings (18-12-4-2) posted a convincing 7-4 win over the Kootenay ICE (8-22-5-1) in front of 6,794 fans at Rogers Place on Sunday night.
The Oil Kings have now recorded ten of a possible 14 points in their last seven games, skating into the Christmas break with the chance to spend time with family and friends, as well as gain some well-earned rest over the 11-day break.
Carter Souch also contributed offensively for the Oil Kings with a three-assist night, while Scott Atkinson (1G, 1A), Vince Loschiavo (1G, 1A) and Conner McDonald (2A) each added multi-point efforts in the win.
Todd Scott (1-1-2-0) got the start in goal for Edmonton and stopped 13-of-16 shots in 24:14 minutes of action before conceding the crease to Dylan Myskiw (14-7-2-1), who earned the win. Myskiw made 13 saves on 14 shots in 35:46 to backstop the team to victory.
Jesse Makaj (2-9-3-1) took the loss, being peppered with 38 Edmonton shots while turning aside 32.
To open the game’s scoring, Kemp outwaited Makaj for his 21st goal of the season, from Loschiavo and McDonald, on the power play at 1:54 of the first period.
The ICE responded with a power play goal of their own just as time on the man advantage was about to expire as Cole Muir notched his eighth of the season, from Valtteri Kakkonen and Dallas Hines, at 8:23.
Guenther’s second WHL goal was the Oil Kings second power play goal of the game and restored their one-goal lead, 2-1, from Souch and Matthew Robertson, at 9:46.
The high-scoring first period continued with Guenther’s second goal of the game – generated by a slick, between-the-legs pass from Liam Keeler to Jake Neighbours, who dropped a no-look pass to Guenther to put the Oil Kings up 3-1 at 15:32.
But before the goal was finished being announced over the loudspeakers at Rogers Place the ICE climbed back to within one as River Fahey made it 3-2, unassisted, at 15:54 to close out first period scoring.
Shots on goal in the first period of play were 16-12, Edmonton.
Just three minutes into the second period Kemp scored his second of the game and 22nd of the season, putting the Oil Kings up 4-2 from Souch and Logan Dowhaniuk at 3:01.
Over a minute later the ICE struck again as Martin Bodak made it 4-3, assisted by Holden Kodak and Dallas Hines, at 4:14 to end the night of Scott, as the teams traded just two goals in the middle frame.
Shots were 14-8, Edmonton, in the middle 20 minutes for a two-period total of 30-20, Oil Kings.
At 3:53 of the third period Loschiavo notched his 16th of the season, one-timing a Kemp rebound to extend the Oil Kings lead to 5-3, with Souch picking up the secondary assist.
Just 1:18 later the Oil Kings made it 6-3, as David Kope extended his current goal-scoring streak to three games with his sixth of the season, from Andrew Fyten and Atkinson at 5:11.
With the ICE on the power play, Brad Ginnell thrust the puck towards the Edmonton goal, fooling Myskiw with an unlikely goal to keep Kootenay hanging around, 6-4, with assists to Peyton Krebs and Jaeger White at 16:58.
Atkinson secured the 7-4 win with an empty net goal after a feed from McDonald with ten seconds left to play.
Final shots on goal were 39-30, Oil Kings.
Both Kootenay and Edmonton finished the night going 2-for-4 with the man advantage.
Carter Souch (EDM) (3), Dylan Guenther (EDM) (2), and Brett Kemp (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 have an 11-day break before they return to action right here on home ice when they host the Calgary Hitmen on Friday, December 28 at 7:00 PM MT at Rogers Place.
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