The milestone accomplishments just keep coming for this 2018-19 Edmonton Oil Kings squad.
Todd Scott turned aside all 18 shots he faced for his first career WHL shutout as the Oil Kings (39-18-4-4) earned their eighth straight win with a 4-0 decision over the Kootenay ICE (12-44-7-3) in front of 12,044 fans at Rogers Place on Sunday afternoon.
Scott improved his record to 10-3-2-0, while Duncan McGovern (6-16-2-0) took the loss allowing four goals on 28 shots.
The Oil Kings have earned at least a point in 19 of their last 23 games played (18-4-0-1) and, at game’s end, regained possession of the Central Division with 86 points and 39 wins. The Lethbridge Hurricanes also have 86 points but one fewer win (38).
Edmonton can now clinch the Central with two wins, which would also give them 90 points and 41 wins. The most Lethbridge could finish the season with is 90 points and 40 wins.
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.
Trey Fix-Wolansky reached the 100-point mark for the first time in his WHL career with a goal, becoming the first Oil King to join the century club since Michael St. Croix achieved the feat (45G, 60A = 105 points) in 2011-12.
Conner McDonald also had a banner night, snapping a nine-game scoreless drought to set a new record for goals scored by a defenceman in a single season in modern franchise history with 18, passing the previous mark of 17 in which he was tied with Cody Corbett (2013-14).
Quinn Benjafield also tied the franchise mark for shorthanded goals in a single season of four (Travis Ewanyk, 2010-11) with his snipe that opened the game’s scoring.
After a scoreless first period, Benjafield’s shorthanded marker finally got the Oil Kings on the board giving them a 1-0 lead, from Liam Keeler, at the eight minute mark of the second.
At 14:01, Fix-Wolansky scored the first Popeye’s Chicken Minute goal of the season, which also doubled as his 100th point of the campaign, to extend the Edmonton lead to 2-0, unassisted.
With 2:17 to play in the middle frame, Scott Atkinson shoveled home an Andrei Pavlenko shot with the secondary assist to Ethan Cap at 17:43.
Shots on goal were 10-7 Kootenay during the first 20 minutes of play, and 12-6 Edmonton in the second for a two-period total of 19-16, Oil Kings after 40 minutes.
McDonald’s record setting goal came at 10:02 of the third period, giving him 18 on the season from Vladimir Alistrov and Andrew Fyten on the power play to round out the game’s scoring.
Final shots on goal favoured the Oil Kings, 28-18.
Kootenay was 0-for-6 on the power play, while Edmonton finished the game going 2-for-5 with the man advantage.
Todd Scott (EDM) (3), Conner McDonald (EDM) (2), and Trey Fix-Wolansky (EDM) (1) were selected as Three Stars of the Game.
Wyatt McLeod, Conner McDonald and Matthew Robertson each wore an “A” and skated as alternate captains to Trey Fix-Wolansky.
The Oil Kings are back in action Tuesday, March 12 when they take to the road to face the Red Deer Rebels for a 7:00 PM MT start. 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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