February 26, 2014, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – The Edmonton Oil Kings had their chances Wednesday night; they just couldn’t convert them.
The Oil Kings (44-15-2-1) missed on a pair of breakaways and a pair of open nets in the third period as the Medicine Hat Tigers (39-22-3-0) clawed back from a 3-1 deficit after two periods to notch a 4-3 overtime victory at Rexall Place.
“My biggest concern was … we had a couple chances to put the game away,” said Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal. “Things didn’t go their way.”
Edmonton soared to a 3-1 lead on second-period goals from Edgars Kulda, Brett Pollock and Reid Petryk, but Chad Butcher and Curtis Valk erased that lead in the third and Blake Penner scored the winner in overtime for the Tigers to complete the comeback.
“In the third especially we were so focussed on offence so we forgot to play on defence too and we let them back in the game,” said Kulda who finished with a goal and an assist. “We have to play good in both ends of the ice, and we didn’t do that this game.”
Though the Oil Kings didn’t score the win, they can take some small solace in picking up a point, moving two ahead of the idle Calgary Hitmen for first place in the Eastern Conference with one game in hand.
“Point’s a point,” said Laxdal. “We’ll take any point we can get at this time of year.”
Tristan Jarry made 32 saves in a losing cause, while Marek Langhamer stopped 38 of 41 shots in the Medicine Hat net.
The Oil Kings will be back in action Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. as they host the Calgary Hitmen with first place on the line. The game will mark the first ever Battle of Alberta doubleheader, with the Oil Kings and Hitmen being followed by the Oilers and Flames at Rexall Place. Olympians Kaetlyn Osmond and Mike Riddle will be honoured prior to the game, while Oilers and Flames alumni will be on hand for the game to celebrate the history of the Battle of Alberta.