Tough trio to take

CRASH CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

It was a coincidental tripleheader of hockey misery for three Alberta teams.

Fans in Edmonton, Prince George and Red Deer would all see the same thing last Saturday night: a late goal that sent a game into overtime.

Only difference was Prince George being the only city where the hometown fans were cheering as the Cougars caught the Edmonton Oil Kings in regulation before winning in the shootout round, while the Flames did the same to the Oilers here.

"It was kind of a strange game," said Oil Kings play-by-play man A.J. Jakubec.

"Prince George got the pressure and got a point shot through, it hit a leg and went across the crease and they jammed it home.

"But the go-ahead goal (by the Kings) was kind of a fluky one, too, so I guess it's kind of six of one, half dozen of another. Things even out.

"It was disappointing to see them lose a point, but, in the big picture, three points over the weekend is pretty good."

Now the Oil Kings have eight games to go as they battle the Prince Albert Raiders to the wire for the final playoff spot in the WHL East, starting with the 11th-place Red Deer Rebels, who suffered the shootout fate against the powerful Calgary Hitmen.

Struggling or not, Jakubec says the Rebels are still in the mould of owner Brent Sutter .

"They're a hard-working team. I think they are much improved over last year's team. So it's a game that, certainly, the Oil Kings have to be careful and wary of."

DAVID.CAMERON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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