EDMONTON, ALTA. – A bad third period cost the Edmonton Oil Kings in Prince George.
The Oil Kings (7-10-3-0) gave up a 2-0 lead, allowing three goals in the third period to fall 4-2 to the Cougars (9-7-1-0) Friday night.
After a scoreless first period, Edmonton took the lead early in the second as Kobe Mohr whirled and found Andrew Koep alone in the slot. Koep roofed to puck over Prince George goalie Ty Edmonds to put the Oil Kings up 1-0.
Edmonton made it 2-0 1:40 later as Brett Pollock collected a rebound on the right wing, spun at the circle and fired a shot past Edmonds.
The Cougars got on the board 1:48 later as Jansen Harkins finished off a rush, burying a pass from Chase Witala into an open net.
Prince George tied the game up just 31 seconds into the third period as Jesse Gabrielle fired a shot off an offensive zone faceoff that beat Patrick Dea in the Oil Kings goal.
Late in the third, Witala found a PP marker to put the Cougars up with 4:56 to play. Witala added another power play goal with 20 seconds remaining to round out the scoring for Prince George.
Dea made 28 saves for the Oil Kings in a losing effort. Pollock’s goal extended his point streak to four games, while Lane Bauer picked up an assist to also have points in his last four. Mohr’s assist gave him points in his last three games.
Witala paced the Cougars with three points, while Brogan O’Brien had two assists for Prince George. Edmonds made 16 saves before leaving the game after the first Prince George goal due to injury. Nick McBride picked up the win in relief for Prince George, stopping all 10 shots he faced.
The two teams will square off again Saturday night in Prince George.