(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Edmonton Oil Kings had their four-game win streak snapped with a 4-3 loss Saturday night in Moose Jaw.
The Oil Kings (20-17-3-2) struggled to generate flow or pressure in their game and the Warriors (17-23-3-1) took advantage en route to the victory.
“That was disappointing tonight to not be able to string together some consistent performances,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “We weren’t able to establish any kind of momentum in our favour, and we needed some timely saves that we didn’t get.”
The Oil Kings’ penalty killing streak came to an end in the second period as Brett Howden found some open space and fired a wrist shot past the glove of Patrick Dea to put the Warriors up 3-2. Edmonton had killed off 44 consecutive power plays stretching over parts of nine games and hadn’t allowed a power-play goal since Dec. 17 against Kelowna.
“I’m hugely concerned with the number of penalties we take,” Hamilton said. “We consistently have to kill off six or seven a night and I have a hard time arguing with the calls against, and we’ve been pretty lights out on our penalty kill for a good stretch here.”
The Oil Kings opened the scoring late in the first period as Davis Koch found some room on the right wing and beat Warriors netminder Brody Willms over the shoulder to score for the third game in a row.
Moose Jaw answered just 17 seconds into the second period, however, as Dustin Perillat’s low shot beat Dea just five seconds after an Oil Kings penalty expired.
Tanner Eberle gave the Warriors the lead midway through the period as he burst in alone shorthanded and beat Dea over the right pad.
“What hurt the most was the shorthanded goal against,” Hamilton said.
Edmonton tied it back up 27 seconds later as Brandon Baddock redirected a shot from Ashton Sautner for a power play goal to tie it 2-2.
Howden put the Warriors back on top heading into the intermission, but coming out of it, Brett Pollock again tied the game for Edmonton as he extended his point streak to five games, beating Willms on a long shot off the left wing.
The tie was short lived, however, as Axel Blomqvist gave the Warriors the lead for good just 47 seconds later, tipping a point shot from Dallas Valentine past Dea for the eventual game winner.
Dea made 25 saves for the Oil Kings, while Willms stopped 28 shots to collect his first WHL win. The Warriors finished 1-7 on the power-play, while Edmonton was 1-5.
Sautner had a pair of assists for Edmonton, while Pollock also recorded two points.
The Oil Kings will finish off their three-game road trip through the East Division Sunday afternoon when they take on the Swift Current Broncos at 3 p.m.