Jung, vets rebound

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Prince Albert, Sask. -- Listening is good.

Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau wasn't sure if his pointed words following Wednesday's home loss were heard - and were the reason things turned around last against Prince Albert.

Two elements of the Kings' game rebounded last night.

"The defence played well," said Pleau, in contrast to Wednesday's "fire drill."

As did Torrie Jung, who was the one giving away the gifts on his 20th birthday Wednesday against Prince George.

"Torrie was really good," said Pleau. "He was excellent early, and he was really good late (in the game).

Brent Readeke's power-play marker two minutes in "helped them to play loose," Pleau said. And Jung made some key stops in the first that "solidified that.

"We settled down and played hard."

Jung made 28 saves.

The other big criticism the coach had after the Prince George loss was that the team - veterans leaders in particular - didn't grab the game themselves.

The vets put in an appearance in Prince Albert.

At the midway point of the first, Craig McCallum intercepted a blind Raiders pass and fed Brenden Dowd for the Oil Kings co-captain's team-leading 21st goal.

The McCallum-Dowd-Jeff Lee line stepped it up throughout the game, with Dowd scoring his second (and 22nd) late in the first.

"At certain points you're going to realize most of these guys are still learning this game, learning at this level," said Pleau. "I think in some ways (last night) they felt the pressure off and just went out and played."

The win moves the Oil Kings to two games under .500 and back into a tie for the last playoff spot.

- In Saskatoon tonight (7:30 p.m., Team 1260).


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