(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Edmonton Oil Kings’ longest home stand of the season is not going to plan.
The Oil Kings (22-21-4-2) dropped their fourth straight on home ice Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 final against the Medicine Hat Tigers (33-12-1-1).
“Tonight we got off to a little bit of a rough start … I thought we fought hard for a while but in the end made a couple of key mistakes in the third that didn’t allow us to get back into it,” said Oil Kings assistant coach Ryan Marsh.
“We have lots of work to do as a team … and we need to use these last few games as an opportunity to go back, re-evaluate where we are and use it as an opportunity to get better.
The Oil Kings fell behind on the first shift of the game as the Tigers caught them changing leading to a four-on-two chance with Dryden Hunt finding the back of the net.
“It was a bad change,” Marsh said. “We were in a bad spot, we didn’t have possession, and maybe a little bit of a sign of not being ready to play.”
Alex Mowbray made it 2-0 for Medicine Hat less than five minutes into the game as his shot through traffic from the top of the circle beat Oil Kings netminder Patrick Dea.
Edmonton cut the lead to 2-1 four minutes later as Mads Eller broke in on Tigers goalie Nick Schneider all alone. Schneider stopped Eller’s shot, but Tyler Robertson backhanded the rebound into the net for his ninth of the season.
“You’ve just got to keep your hopes up,” Robertson said. “We had a tough line change and I guess we were mentally asleep at the beginning, so we just had to … try to work our way out of that.”
Cole Sanford made it 3-1 for the Tigers 34 seconds into the second period as his long shot on a power play was partially stopped by Dea but still trickled into the Oil Kings goal. Matt Bradley added some insurance early in the third as he buried a one-timer in tight on Dea.
Davis Koch made it 4-2 midway through the final period with a power-play goal, but Trevor Cox slid a backhand in on a two-on-one two minutes later to make it 5-2 for the Tigers.
Dea finished with 23 saves for the Oil Kings, while Schneider stopped 32 for Medicine Hat.
The Oil Kings will finish off their seven-game home stand Wednesday night against the Kelowna Rockets.