(ISN) – EDMONTON, ALTA. – Two goals against 82 seconds apart was the difference for the Edmonton Oil Kings Wednesday night.
The Oil Kings (27-28-4-2) lost a 1-0 third-period lead to the Red Deer Rebels in 1:22 and couldn’t find an equalizer en route to a 2-1 loss at Rexall Place.
“We shot ourselves in the foot again. We put ourselves in a pretty good position against a good team and then you leave a guy like Fleury open a couple times, and he’s going to bury it,” said Oil Kings defenceman Ashton Sautner.
“When you win, you take care of your end first. A couple opportunities where a guy gets to walk in like that, usually doesn’t end well for us.”
Haydn Fleury’s shot from the top of the right circle on the power play was deflected in front by Adam Musil 5:19 into the third, then, just over a minute later, Fleury scored on the rush from almost the same spot as the Rebels came back to defeat the Oil Kings.
“It was a disappointing couple of minutes,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton.
“We needed a big goal at the end and didn’t capitalize.”
Edmonton managed just a lone goal by Lane Bauer, a power-play marker 9:09 into the second period off a nice passing play from Ashton Sautner and Brett Pollock despite 41 shots on Rebels goalie Rylan Toth.
“(We were missing) some jam around the net. (Scoring troubles are) the year-long plague that keeps rearing its ugly head,” Hamilton said.
Tristan Jarry finished with 21 saves in a losing effort, while Toth had 40 saves for the win for Red Deer.
Coupled with Kootenay’s win in Regina, the Oil Kings are now seven points behind the Ice for the first wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. The Oil Kings are seven point up on Moose Jaw for the final playoff spot in the East.
“We have to realize at this time of the year that we can’t let two points slip like that,” Sautner said. “To do that is disappointing.”
The Oil Kings will be back in action Thursday night in Lethbridge as they take on the Hurricanes.