Jaw breakers

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

The Edmonton Oil Kings were caught trying to do a little too much offensively and it cost them.

Through two periods the Oil Kings fell victim of trying to make the extra move and it cost them a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors last night in front of 4,671 fans at Rexall Place.

Moose Jaw forward Jordan Knackstedt completed the Gordie Howe hat-trick by barreling his way around Oil Kings defencman Matt Swaby and drove the puck through the legs of Alex Archibald for the game winner at the 1:37 mark of the overtime period.

"I didn't think our first two periods were terrible, I don't think we had everyone going, but in the third period we started shooting the puck and hitting the net," said Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau.

"In the first two periods, we'd shoot the puck and miss the net, or it would get blocked and when you get the puck on net, good things happen."

EARLY HOLE

Martin Filo gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead at the 5:33 mark of the first period when he finished off a centring pass that bounced off the stick of Oil Kings forward Brett Breitkreuz and beat Archibald over the glove.

"We felt this weekend was going to be big for us and after a long trip in from Prince Albert last night we had a great first period," said Warriors head coach Dave Hunchak.

"In the third period we were on our heels and if you would have asked (Warriors goaltender) Joey Perricone about the two goals he let in I am sure he would have liked them back."

Frazer McLaren gave the visitors a 2-0 lead, just 47 seconds into the second. The Oil Kings turned it up a notch in the second period and were putting Moose Jaw into penalty trouble, but they couldn't capitalize on any of their chances.

At one point in the second period, Pleau sent a message to his top line and sat them out for a power play.

"That was the overall message of the game. Some of our younger guys stepped up and our older guys are going to have to start battling for ice-time. The message had to be sent and they can take it any way they want." said Pleau.

Craig McCallum cut the Warriors lead to one, scoring at the six minute mark of the third at the tailend of one of the Oil Kings power plays.

ENDS DROUGHT

He ended a 10-game goal scoring drought when he drove down the left side and blasted a shot short side on Perricone. McCallum's last goal came Nov. 7 against the Warriors.

"It's been too long. It feels good, but it's in a losing cause and that's not good. We just have to keep it simple and not try to make so many fancy plays," said McCallum.

"I don't know if we totally deserved the two points tonight, because we didn't have a full effort."

"(This loss) makes you realize how important every game is and these are teams we'll be battling with for a playoff spot."

Tomas Vincour put in another dazzling effort. The 16-year-old rookie from the Czech Republic pulled off a nice spin-o-rama, Dennis Savard style in the second period and almost scored. He eventually tied the game in the third with an absolute rocket as he skated down the wing.

"He was unbelievable tonight," said Pleau. "I thought his compete, his skill level and his tenacity on the puck was better than anybody on the ice by far, nobody was even close to him."

ICE CHIPS: ARCHIBALD (8-10-3) MADE 30 SAVES IN THE LOSS, WHILE PERRICONE (11-8-4-2) MADE 32 SAVES.


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