October 26, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – A sluggish start Saturday night in Swift Current cost the Edmonton Oil Kings their first winning streak of the season.
The Oil Kings (8-7-0-1) came out flat, getting outshot 15-3 by the Broncos (7-8-0-1) in the first period and allowing a pair of goals on defensive breakdowns en route to a 3-1 loss that snapped Edmonton’s three-game winning streak.
“We didn’t come out with a lot of energy. We spotted them two goals before we started to find our legs in the second,” said Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal.
Graham Black and Colby Cave scored a pair of first-period goals for the Broncos, slipping behind the Oil Kings defence and beating Edmonton goalie Tristan Jarry one-on-one to provide all the scoring Swift Current would need as Edmonton spent the first frame hemmed into their own zone.
The Oil Kings recovered on the shot clock for the rest of the game, outshooting the Broncos in the second and third periods, but struggled to get the puck past Broncos netminder Eetu Laurikainen, who made 26 saves in the win.
“They played hard. They’re 6-1 at home and 1-7 on the road, so you can tell they really play in this building,” Laxdal said. “We just didn’t get any push back until the second period.”
Henrik Samuelsson picked up the lone Edmonton goal with 1:36 left in the game, extended his point streak to five games, but Connor Sanvido added an empty net goal for Swift Current.
Jarry finished with 28 saves in a losing effort as his personal four-game winning streak was snapped.
The Oil Kings wrapped up their three-game Saskatchewan swing with a 2-1-0-0 record. Edmonton will now have a week off before beginning a five-game road trip in Calgary next Sunday.