Oil Kings streak snapped by Royals

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December 17, 2013, Edmonton (ISN) – All good things must come to an end, as the Edmonton Oil Kings found out Tuesday night.

The Oil Kings wrapped up their pre-Christmas schedule with a 5-3 loss to the Victoria Royals at Rexall Place, snapping a nine-game winning streak the team had put together leading up to the holiday break.

“It’s no excuse. The last game (before Christmas) we’ve got to keep going no matter how we feel, but we’ve had a long stretch of games, so (fatigue) could have been a factor,” said Oil Kings forward Riley Kieser. “It’ll be a sour end to the nine-game win streak, but I think we have a lot of things to learn from this.”

Edmonton struck first, holding Victoria without a shot for the opening 10:04 and taking a 1-0 lead on a goal from Mitch Moroz.

“We played well then got away from our game plan,” said Oil Kings Head Coach Derek Laxdal.

The Royals responded in a big way, however, taking a 3-1 lead on goals from Matt Dykstra (his first in the WHL), Axel Blomqvist and Ben Walker before the period was out, and taking a 4-1 lead early in the second on a Jack Palmer tally.

Lane Bauer potted his fourth in four games on the power play to cut the lead to 4-2, and Dysin Mayo made it interesting with his fourth of the year midway through the third, but an empty netter from Brandon Magee iced it for the Royals.

“We battled back to make it a close game and we just couldn’t push hard enough for that fourth goal,” Laxdal said.

Tristan Jarry made 22 saves in a losing effort for Edmonton, while Patrik Polivka stopped 37 shots for the Royals as Edmonton outshot Victoria 40-27.

Edmonton finished 1-5 on the power play while holding the Royals scoreless in two attempts with the man advantage.

The Oil Kings head into the break third in the WHL Eastern Conference, two points behind Calgary for first. They’ll match up with the Hitmen their first game back, December 28 at the Saddledome.

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