EDMONTON, ALTA. – Overtime has not been kind to the Edmonton Oil Kings this season.
(ISN) – Edmonton (12-9-2-2) fell to 1-0-2-2 when needing extra time with a 5-4 overtime loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings (19-5-1-0) Friday night in Brandon.
The Oil Kings were up 4-2 heading into the third period, but gave up a pair of goals to Jesse Gabrielle and Jayce Hawryluk in the third period to force the extra frame.
“The third period, I didn’t feel like we went into a shell by any means,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “They had a couple opportunities where they hemmed us in for extended periods. We needed a couple critical defensive stops as a group, and they squeaked a couple in.”
In overtime, a blown clearance attempt led to Tim McGauley’s game winner for the Wheat Kings as he beat Patrick Dea top shelf with a wrist shot from the right circle.
“We lost sight of a guy coming off the bench, and they took advantage of it,” Hamilton admitted.
The Oil Kings fell behind 2-1 early in the first period as Nolan Patrick and McGauley tallied for the home side, while Lane Bauer tipped in a Jake Kohlhauser shot for Edmonton.
In the second, Edmonton took over, as Mads Eller, Cole Benson and Bauer all scored to give the Oil Kings a lead.
“We showed some resiliency tonight. Being down early, it would have been easy enough to say it wasn’t going to be our night,” Hamilton said. “I thought we had a good strong push in the second period to gather that lead.
“I thought we did a really good job trying to cause some turnovers. We were aggressive in our game, trying to make things happen and put some pressure on their defence.”
Dea finished with 36 saves in a losing effort, while Jordan Papirny stopped 28 pucks for Brandon.
Bauer finished with two goals and an assist, extending his point streak to four games, while Brandon Baddock had a pair of assists for Edmonton. Brett Pollock and Ashton Sautner both picked up helpers for the Oil Kings to extend their point streaks to seven and six games, respectively.
Edmonton wraps up their Eastern road trip with a 1-1-2-0 record and will return to Rexall Place Tuesday night against the Prince Albert Raiders. Game time is 7 p.m.,