Point taken for Oil Kings

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In the last two games the Edmonton Oil Kings have had over a half-dozen breakaways without scoring.

How about firing from the point?

"That's it! If that's the way we have to score, I'll take it any way we can get them," said head coach Steve Pleau after the 4-2 win last night over the Kootenay Ice.

Brandon Lockerby, a former forward, found only crossbar over and past Ice goalie Todd Matthews in the first when he pinched in on a 2-on-1.

ON POINT

In the third period, with the game tied, he fired a slapper from his point position that found the feet of Ice defenceman Brayden McNabb before pinballing past Matthews, giving the Kings a 2-1 lead and opened the floodgates behind an up-to-that-point stubborn Matthews.

Two minutes later, Jeff Lee paid for depositing the winner, singlehandedly pulling the puck out of a scramble and sweeping it past Matthews with one arm after being hooked to the ice to make it 3-1.

It was the co-captain's second highlight-reel goal in three games and proved to be the winner when Drew Czerwonka later got Kootenay's second goal.

But Matthews's night was over before another two minutes passed when Tyler Hlookoff - perhaps with Lockerby's goal fresh on his mind - wired one past Matthews from a cross-point pass by Lockerby, making it 4-1.

"It's their philosophy as well," said Pleau, of taking aim from the points.

"They fire the puck from the point as much or more than any team we play exceept maybe Calgary. But they got them through. Locks got it through, Hlookie got it though and if you have traffic, it's going to go into the net."

A Michael Burns power-play shot was waived off as a goal at the halfway point of the first when it was ruled the puck did not cross the line.

FUTILE ATTEMPTS

The Edmonton Oil Kings spent the next nine minutes doing everything they could to get that extra centimetre until Craig McCallum burst the bubble and bulged the back of the net with 1:12 left in the opening frame. McCallum converted a saucer pass from Brett Breitkreuz for a 1-0 Oil Kings' lead.

"I don't think we have a secret, we get the first goal, we usually win," laughed McCallum, informed his team is now 12-2-1 when he scores.

The importance was to stop the growing frustration.

"We had so many chances early, and (Matthews) was making some big saves, then finally, we just buried one."

McCallum managed to shoot the puck left as he was pushed right by Kootenay's Kevin King. It was at least the third 2-on-1 in a flurry that saw a pinching Lockerby tip one up onto the crossbar over Matthews.

On the following shift, Matthews stoned Tomas Vincour, stretching his arm across the crease, just after Matthews stopped Brent Raedeke off a Vincour feed.

"We've talked about how our defence has to create our offence," said Pleau of the opening goal.

"We were in perfect position in our zone and we caught one of their guys cheating and he put it in the net."


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