Cougars claw out a win

CRASH CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Coming off a bashing in Calgary the night before, the Edmonton Oil Kings hit the ice at Rexall Place last night against the cellar-dwelling Prince George Cougars.

Could've been a feast, at best.

Could've been two points in their playoff hunt, at par.

Could've been a heck of a 20th birthday party for goalie Torrie Jung.

Could've, would've, should've.

None of the above, in a 4-3 Oil Kings' loss.

"We did some good things, but I thought defensively we were terrible," said head coach Steve Pleau.

"Right fron the goaltending to our defence to our forwards in our own zone. There was no focus, no structure. We were not good."

The Oil Kings looked stronger and stronger as the first period developed. But it was the start of the second and third periods that cost them in the end.

Prince George scored 3:25 into the second and just 55 seconds into the third, both tying goals, both denting any momentum the Kings had built.

While his defence wasn't giving him many gifts in the way of support, it was rebounds that bit birthday-boy Jung.

Marek Viedensky pounced on one for the 3-3 third-period equalizer, then another found Cougars' Marcus Watson in between the circles at the 14-minute mark to give Prince George the game-winner.

"There were (loose) pucks all over the place," said Pleau.

"It was a fire drill every time we were in our own zone. That's not going to win you hockey games.

"I didn't find problems with our offence. I thought we protected the puck, we got in front of the net, their goalie made some saves -- but we've got to play defence."

The final shot total was 29-19 for the Oil Kings.

Something that didn't happen on the bench also frustrated Pleau.

"No intensity. I was disappointed in some of our older guys. That's when they've got to step up," he said.

"I didn't say much (on the bench). I said, 'One of the leaders, somebody on this bench has to say something.'

"I can't be yelling and screaming all the time. The team has to take responsibility for where they're at. And they have to take responsibility for their own identity. That's where we're at right now."


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