They say all good things must come to an end, and on Friday night it was the Edmonton Oil Kings seven-game home win streak.
Brandon Cutler factored into all three of his team’s goals as he helped propel the Victoria Royals (19-15-1-0) to a 3-2 win over the Oil Kings (21-13-4-3) in front of 6,074 fans at Rogers Place.
The Oil Kings last loss on home ice came all the way back on November 30 when they fell 3-1 to the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The team will look to rebound and get back into the win column when they begin a string of seven straight games against Central Division opponents – three at home and three on the road – beginning Sunday vs. the Lethbridge Hurricanes again at Rogers Place.
On the bright side, Friday night’s game marked the return of veteran defenceman Will Warm to the Oil Kings lineup. Warm played just five games to start the season before enduring a lower body injury on September 29 which caused him to miss 35 games.
On Friday, it was the Royals who got on the board first, as Cutler scored unassisted to give the visitors at 1-0 lead just 1:03 into the game.
Logan Doust notched his second of the season to extend the Royals lead to 2-0, from Cutler and Matthew Smith at 15:04.
But just under three minutes later the Oil Kings got on the board with a timely goal before the period was out. Vince Loschiavo notched his 18th of the season, from Vladimir Alistrov and Brett Kemp, at 18:01 to send the game into the first intermission with the Oil Kings trailing 2-1.
The Royals took back momentum to start the second period by regaining their two-goal lead, 3-1, at 3:32 of the middle frame.
After a shorthanded 2-on-1 break yielded a shot that hit the far post, Andrew Fyten eventually made it a 3-2 game. His 11th of the year – and seventh as an Oil King – was assisted by Andrei Pavlenko and Alistrov which closed out second period scoring at 16:11.
Shots on goal in the first period of play were 15-14 Victoria, and 16-5 Edmonton in the second for a total of 30-20, Oil Kings after 40 minutes.
The third period would remain scoreless, with both teams registering seven shots on goal apiece for a game total of 37-27, Edmonton.
Dylan Myskiw (16-8-2-2) took the loss in goal for the Oil Kings, surrendering three while making 24 saves.
Griffen Outhouse (14-11-1-0) made 35 saves in goal for the Royals to earn the win, along with Second Star of the Game honours.
Victoria was 0-for-4 on the power play while Edmonton finished the night going 0-for-6 with the man advantage.
Vladimir Alistrov (EDM) (3), Griffen Outhouse (VIC) (2), and Brandon Cutler (VIC) (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.