Power-play failure haunts Oil Kings

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The Edmonton Oil Kings will get a chance to hit the ice tomorrow morning after they cross the border today into Spokane.

Practice might feature another look at 5-on-3 power plays.

"Yeah, there's a chance we'll be taking a look at it, again," said Kings coach Steve Pleau last night following a 3-0 loss to the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook.

Not cashing in on two-man advantages has been a problem plaguing the Oil Kings in recent games.

"Our they overthinking things? I'm not sure. But they aren't executing.

"It's frustrating. We have an opportunity to win a hockey game and our power play couldn't connect," said Pleau. "Five-on-five we were real good. Our penalty killing was excellent, we just didn't capitalize on our chances on the power play."

Knee-deep into a road trip, and with veteran goalie Torrie Jung and big defenceman Adrian Van de Mosselaer on the shelf, the Kings fall eight points back of the Ice - currently 7th in the Eastern Conference - with the loss. And they got no favours from the Prince Albert Raiders, who downed the Medicine Hat Tigers 6-5 last night to stay in the 8th spot.

"We just didn't bare down enough, and you can't afford to do that this time a year when you're in the thick of the playoff race," said Pleau.

"We played most of the game in their end on the fore-check. We outshot them in their barn. We controlled the play in almost every area of the game - we just couldn't score."


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