Oil Kings Fall in Shootout to Canes
(SN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Edmonton Oil Kings got quantity Tuesday night, but they lacked quality.
The Oil Kings (7-3-0-1) out shot the Lethbridge Hurricanes (2-8-0-1) 47-28, but didn’t generate enough scoring chances as they fell 2-1 in a shootout, snapping a four-game winning streak.
“We got a lot of quantity, but not perhaps as much quality as we maybe would have liked,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “We know we don’t score easily, and we didn’t do a whole lot extra. … We didn’t generate a whole lot of extra second and third chances.
“I would have taken their chances over ours tonight. I thought they had some premium chances to score.”
Edmonton fired the puck early and often as the Hurricanes net, but 15-year-old goaltender Stuart Skinner made 46 saves – and two more in the shootout – to stymie the Edmonton offence.
“I think the biggest thing was our shot selection. … We obviously generated a lot, but our selection of shooting in the chest (wasn’t very good),” said Oil Kings captain Ashton Sautner.
“We talked about before the game shooting at his pads and creating rebounds for us. … We didn’t get a lot of second chance opportunities because we were shooting in his chest and he was smothering it.”
Lethbridge broke a scoreless tie 1:50 into the third period as Tyler Wong converted a two-on-one opportunity past Oil Kings netminder Tristan Jarry, who made 27 saves many on odd-man rush chances for the Hurricanes.
“Jarry was the reason we were still in the game, plain and simple,” Hamilton said. “He was the best player on the ice for us.”
Andrew Koep added his sixth of the season midway through the period to tie the game and force overtime and the eventual shootout.
In the breakaway contest, Jamal Watson was the only skater to solve either goalie, beating Jarry five-hole for the eventual winner.
“It gets to a shootout, it’s a flip of the coin, really, and their guy stood tall,” Hamilton said. “You’ve got to at least make the goalie make a save.”
The Oil Kings will be back in action Saturday as they take on the Prince George Cougars on Volvo of Edmonton Minor Hockey Night at 7 p.m. at Rexall Place.