You know you're in trouble when your high point-scorer wears No. 1.
Edmonton Oil Kings goalie Torrie Jung made some stellar saves but also had assists on the two Oil Kings' goals in a 5-2 loss to the Portland WinterHawks at Rexall Place last night.
"That's not good, not a good thing at all," said head coach Steve Pleau, chuckling despite everything. "I don't think I've ever seen that in my life."
Unfortunately he's seen much of last night's game before. THE game before, in fact, against the Brandon Wheat Kings. As in a big, fast and experienced team wearing down the Oil Kings who could only keep them to the outside for so long.
When they did get in tight, they bulged the twine.
"We spent a lot of time in our own end. We must have blocked about 40 shots tonight," said Pleau.
"We kept them to the outside a lot of times. (But) that's what's going to happen. We design a system to take away what we call 'the house,' what some teams call 'home plate.' And when there's a breakdown, it ends up inside your net."
With no other games going on in the Dub last night, there may have been more scouts than fans in attendance at Rexall Place. You can be sure that it was only members of the WinterHawks that improved any potential draft status.
Plain and simple: the Oil Kings were overmatched.
The last half of the second period reflected the game, with the Hawks' Colin Reddin scoring the winner halfway through and Brad Ross breaking their backs with their fourth -- his second -- with 19 seconds left.
"They were jumping. They had us hemmed in. Their structure was excellent and their skill level was very good," said Pleau.
"Obviously we're not at their level."