Oil Kings sputter away opportunities

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, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

Maybe they should have used the penalty killing unit on the power play.

The Edmonton Oil Kings showed they could keep the Brandon Wheat Kings PP sputtering at its current 17% rate.

If the Oil Kings' power play wasn't trying to get out of their own zone, they were chasing back to it.

Brandon had four breakaways during one PK alone!

Scott Glennie's short-handed marker on one of those breakaways in the second period proved to be the insurance Brandon needed.

"We started great. I mean, shots were 18-4," said Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau after a 2-1 loss to the Wheat Kings last night.

"I thought for maybe 15 minutes in the second period," said Pleau before making the gesture and sound of a train passing you by.

"We got away from it and started doing things we shouldn't do, like drop passes. Know what I think what happened was we started to watch them play."

Pleau admitted he himself has never seen a penalty kill with breakaways.

"The power play did bounce back in the third, but those are the situations, when I talk about us being a club that has to learn (to win), those are it."

Jeff Lee almost clicked seconds after the third Oil Kings' PP was over and finally did on the fourth attempt.

From the right side of the net Lee tried to thread a pass out front to Robin Soudek. It didn't make it. The pass didn't make it but the puck did make it back to Lee who flicked it up and over Brandon goalie James Preistner. The Edmonton native was playing his first WHL game in his hometown.

With two minutes left, a Lee feed to Dowd couldn't deflect past Priestner. Lee fired one over the net breaking in with 20 seconds left.

"Second period, we just didn't follow up what we started," said Lee. "Bad turnovers, guys sneaking around us for breakaways."

He wasn't impressed with himself in the third despite doing everything but score.

"Sometimes that's the way it goes. I had four chances to score goals, so that was disappointing," said Lee. "I've got to bear down on those."

Without the pressure that the Oil Kings had in the first, things started going Brandon's way early in the second.

Shortly after Wheat King winger Del Cowan thought he he had redirected a shot past Torrie Jung from the far side of the crease, Matt Lowry instantly gathered a rebound in the slot and fired it past Jung for the 1-0 lead at 7:23.

That gave Lowry his 32nd point in his last 17 games.

The first period was all about the Oil Kings firing pucks at the Wheat Kings net. They finished the period with 13 shots to Brandon's 4, but it was two that went wide that may have come back to haunt them.

NOTES: EDMONTON-BORN KLARC WILSON MADE HIS WHL DEBUT WITH THE WHEAT KINGS AND DIDN'T LOOK OUT OF PLACE. HE WAS BRANDON'S 1ST-ROUND 2008 BANTAM PICK (10TH OVERALL). HE WON'T GET AN ASSIST, BUT EDMONTON-BORN KLARC WILSON WAS IN THE BOX WITH HIS FIRST-EVER PENALTY IN HIS WHL DEBUT. WILSON PLAYS WITH THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PATS IN THE MIDGET TRIPLE-A LEAGUE.


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