Hitmen knock off Oil Kings in first game

DAVE CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:20 PM ET

EDMONTON -- The first installment of the Battle of Alberta came down to a battle of late goals.

The first of many WHL games between the Calgary Hitmen and the Edmonton Oil Kings came down to late goals two of the Dub's best goaltenders would like to have back.

With five minutes left in a game in which the Hitmen had just taken a 2-1 lead, Oil Kings centre Brent Raedeke blew one from the circle past Hitmen 'tender Martin Jones.

A nice shot but Jones did have a clear look at it.

Not so nice for Torrie Jung a minute later when Hitmen power forward Ian Schultz barged over Tyler Hlookoff and saw the puck slide under Jung's right foot.

"I got caught cheating because they had a guy going backdoor and I figured we were going to end up playing that guy one-on-one," Jung said. "I thought for the majority of the game we dictated the play. So, yeah, it was a tough way to lose at the end."

Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau obviously wasn't about to throw his No. 1 goalie under the bus.

"I thought when we tied it 2-2, we did a great job of bouncing right back. But then we made a couple of mental mistakes, and they had that experience ... that mental toughness, that experience of being in a 1-1 game and doing the right things at the right time. They come down, they beat one of our guys one-on-one, they poke it in the net, and that's the game."


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