Holes in the script of Kings' closer

CRASH CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

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The perfect script would have No. 15 score two goals in his last regular-season game as a junior hockey player.

That did happen yesterday at Rexall Place.

In Carter Smith's final game as a Red Deer Rebel - and final game in juniors - the native of Eyebrow, Sask., scored both his team's goals in a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings.

The perfect hometown hero story would have been involved the No. 15 Oil Kings' co-captain Brenden Dowd wears. He would have scored the two goals, to put himself at 30 for his last season, and to send Edmonton straight to Calgary for a first-round playoff date.

Dowd does have at least one game left and that's what he was thinking about.

"Lay it on the line," said the 20-year-old of tomorrow's tiebreaker in Prince Albert. "We need a whole team, not one individual to do it all. It's got to be team effort.

"We have to put this (loss) behind us ... We've got a young team and us older guys have to settle them down. "

"I don't know if there's ever a script to these things," said Kings GM Bob Green.

"Give Red Deer credit - they wanted to be spoilers and they did a good job of it.

"For us, we've got another chance.

"We've got a day in between, a day to recover a little bit," said Green.

"We have to stay positive. We weren't expected to be in this position but we are. And that's a credit to how these kids have played for us."


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