Edmonton Oil Kings just can’t buy a win in Spokane

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Oil Kings Downed in Shootout

(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Edmonton Oil Kings just can’t buy a win in Spokane.

The Oil Kings (9-3-0-2) allowed the tying goal with just 1:21 left in regulation and fell 4-3 in the shootout to the Spokane Chiefs (7-3-3-0) Wednesday night leaving them 0-3-0-1 in the city in the eight-year history of the franchise.

The Oil Kings directed a season-high 49 shots on goal, but were unable to take advantage as Adam Helewka scored his second goal of the night with the Spokane net empty to force overtime and eventually the shootout.

Edmonton got on the board first as Brett Pollock poked home a loose puck on the power play 5:51 into the game, picking up his sixth goal of the season. Despite four more power plays in the period, Edmonton would not convert again, and Adam Helewka’s one-timer in the slot sent the teams to the locker rooms tied 1-1 after one.

Ashton Sautner would put the Oil Kings up with 7:38 remaining in the second period as he blasted one from the point that beat Chiefs goalie Garret Hughson high.

Calder Brooks would again tie it for the Chiefs early in the second before Blake Orban scored his fifth of the season for the Oil Kings to put them up 3-2. Orban has now tied his career high for goals in a season set last year when he had five in 67 games.

In the shootout, Calder Brooks beat Oil Kings goalie Tristan Jarry to stand as the only goal scorer, while Andrew Koep, Brett Pollock and Edgars Kulda were all stopped by Hughson.

Cole Benson had a pair of assists for the Oil Kings, while Jarry made 26 saves in a losing effort. Edmonton finished 1-6 on the power play; the Chiefs were 1-3.

Edmonton will be back in action Thursday night as they visit the Seattle Thunderbirds.