Oil Kings downed by Cougars

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Photos by Sylvia Labelle (ISN)

November 23, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – The Edmonton Oil Kings’ hot streak came to a screeching halt Friday with an 8-3 loss to the Prince George Cougars at Rexall Place.

The Oil Kings entered the game having won nine of their past 11, but ran into a strong effort from the Cougars who got three goals and two assists from Todd Fiddler, two goals from Troy Bourke and Chase Witala and a goal and two assists from former Oil King Klarc Wilson.

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Cougars Goalie Brentt Zarowny making one of his many saves of the night. http://photosbysylvia.zenfolio.com/ 

“From start to finish, it was an absolute debacle,” said Oil Kings Head Coach Derek Laxdal. “When you only play one game on a weekend and you have a week of practice and that’s the kind of egg you’re going to lay, it’s a disaster.

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Tyler Santos who was booed by the crowd after letting in his fifth goal of the night in. http://photosbysylvia.zenfolio.com/ 

“I thought their first shift was great, and from then on it was an absolute turnover fest.”

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Tyler Mrkonjic and Alex Forsberg bring the puck down the ice http://photosbysylvia.zenfolio.com/ 

Prince George scored the game’s first five goals before Brett Pollock put the Oil Kings on the board midway through the second period. Aaron Irving also scored for Edmonton, notching his fifth of the season, while Mitch Moroz took over the team lead with his 16th of the season.

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Tyler Mrkonjic and Alex Forsberg bring the puck down the ice http://photosbysylvia.zenfolio.com/ 

Tyler Santos made 11 saves for the Oil Kings getting the start, while 16-year-old Patrick Dea stopped 15 of 17 shots in relief in his first WHL game.

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Tyler Santos looking for the puck as it went through his legs for yet another Cougars goal http://photosbysylvia.zenfolio.com/ 

“He came in, I’m sure he was nervous never having played in front of a crowd like that before … and I thought he stood in there and he played well,” said Oil Kings captain Griffin Reinhart. “He’ll be a good goalie.”

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Chase Witala jumping out of the way of another shot on goal by the Cougars http://photosbysylvia.zenfolio.com/ 

The Oil Kings are back in action next Friday night when they visit the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

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Brett Roulston and Cole Benson battling at the faceoff. http://photosbysylvia.zenfolio.com/ 

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Jam in front of the net during a powerplay http://photosbysylvia.zenfolio.com/ 

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Brett Zarowny on fire as he makes yet another save in the Cougars 8 – 2 win over the Oil Kings http://photosbysylvia.zenfolio.com/ 

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Riley Kieser chasing Peter Kosterman for the puck http://photosbysylvia.zenfolio.com/ 

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Prince George Cougars contratulating Goalie Brett Zarowny on the Cougars 8-2 win http://photosbysylvia.zenfolio.com/ 

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