Raiders of the lost Oil Kings

DAVE 'CRASH' CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

Torrie Jung spent three nights in the same building wearing three different uniforms.

But it was the green-and-yellow of the Prince Albert Raiders that made him feel blue yesterday. The Raiders got a rare road win edging the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-4 in overtime at Rexall Place yesterday.

"I felt good," said Jung, of an early Sunday start following his now infamous emergency sit-in on the Oilers' bench Saturday night. "Obviously (Saturday) was an unbelievable experience."

ALL TOO BELIEVABLE

An overtime loss is becoming all too believable for the struggling Oil Kings, this the third OTL during a one-win-in-11 stretch.

The Raiders had early shots in each period yesterday, the third time being the game-changer, the fourth time being the game-ender.

"Sometimes (early shots) are not such a bad thing from a goalie's point of view," said Jung, who had 29 in total yesterday. But ...

"If it's a real good scoring chance, obviously you don't want to give up too many of those early or late in a period."

And that's exactly what happened.

The scoring was opened three minutes in on the Raiders' second shot, when a pair of Edmonton-born Jordans connected. Jordan Kochan grabbed a loose puck left at the top of the circle, sent it back to Jordan Rowley, who drifted it through bodies past Jung.

Then Brandon Herrod skated right towards his rebound and flicked it past Jung 1:49 into overtime.

TURNED THE GAME

But it was game-tying and go-ahead (4-3) goals early in the third that turned the game the Raiders' way as the Oil Kings came out flat as a prairie highway.

"We definitely did," said Brent Raedeke, who scored the Kings' third and whose shot was tipped by Michael Burns late in the third to salvage a point.

"We wanted to come out strong (being up one goal) and we didn't.

"I don't know why. Mental errors," Raedeke said, answering his own question. "That's what cost us. Like on that overtime goal, two guys are changing on the backcheck, leaving their high guy wide open. And then that rebound.

"The third period should be your best period."

In fact, they were told it should be.

"All we talked about after the second intermission was winning the first couple of shifts in the third," said head coach Steve Pleau.

"We lost the first shift in the first, the first shift in the second and then we came out just dead flat in the third.

"I thought we had good 'compete' with the puck. Without the puck, it wasn't there," said Pleau.

"For those two goals (in the third), yeah, you could say that (we were flat)," said Burns. "But we really had our chances to score. We had chances all game to put it out of reach. But we didn't bury on those."

LOCAL HEROES: It was a significant game all around for Prince Albert's local players. Kochan had another assist after feeding Rowley's game-opener.

Ryan Button also had an assist as did Mark McNeill, the tac in a smooth tic-tac-toe with Justin Maylan for the Raider's fourth goal.

DAVID.CAMERON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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