Oil Kings not watching scoreboard

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, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

You know how teenagers are always trying to take advantage of things.

Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau doesn't mind.

He saw his team take advantage of a tired Lethbridge Hurricanes team Friday, a 3-1 win that took advantage of their neck-and-neck fight with the Prince Albert Raiders for the eighth and final playoff spot in the WHL east.

"We've been playing good hockey and we just haven't been putting the puck in the net. So it was great to see," Pleau said of the win, despite getting blanked on several breakaway opportunities.

"I think we were fortunate with the time we got them, but we took advantage of it."

With his team playing what is possibly their best hockey of the season in the last two (the win Friday and a loss to Swift Current last Wednesday), Pleau says he hasn't been watching anyone else's scoreboard.

"To be honest with you I haven't even thought about those guys," he said, referring to the Raiders.

"We've been playing good hockey and if we continue to play good hockey I think we've got a chance to win (our way in). And that's all we want to do."

Home-ice captain Brenden Dowd is hoping that the other guys are watching the Edmonton scoreboard.

"We try to not get too hyped about it ... we just try and stay calm," said Dowd, who scored the third-period winner on Friday.

"They're probably watching us," he said of the Raiders. "And with getting that couple of points, hopefully it'll make them start gripping their sticks a little tighter and be a little more nervous coming down this stretch."

The Raiders host the Regina Pats tonight. The Pats have picked up some pace in their last few games as they cling to their slimmer hopes. Regina sits three points behind P.A. and five behind the Oil Kings.

All three end on home-and-homers.

The Kings will know the result of Friday's game in P.A. between the Raiders and Blades as they head down to Red Deer for the first of their H'n'H with the Rebels.

The Raiders play in Saskatoon on Saturday with the Rebels here at Rexall Place on Sunday (2 p.m.).

The Pats final pair are in Speedy Creek on Friday and in Regina Saturday night.

NOTES: Prince Albert has called up Mark McNeill, last year's first-round pick (5th overall) from the Southside Athletic Club midgets ... Kootenay is 26-4-1-1 when they score the first goal of the game and 8-23-1-5 when their opponent scores first.


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