Oil Kings caught in the current

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Expect the Edmonton Oil Kings to give Rob Brown a call.

They could use the record-setting junior sniper to help with their shootouts.

Unfortunately, the term over-ager in juniors doesn't quite stretch THAT far, so the Oil Kings can't sit the former depositor of Mario Lemieux passes on the end of the bench as a shootout specialist.

The Swift Current Broncos added one shootout goal after a hard-fought game at Rexall Place last night, to leave with the extra point and a 2-1 win.

That leaves the Oil Kings at 1-7 in SO games this season.

"We've got to get Robbie Brown back!" said head coach Steve Pleau, pleased enough with the point and a decent game from his players.

"Robbie came out with us earlier in the year and we'll try and drag him out again. We've shuffled some guys around, with some different guys shooting. You just have to work at it. You can't squeeze the stick. And you've got to read the goalie," said Pleau.

"I thought their goalie came out and we should have deked him a little bit and we ended up shooting."

Michael St. Croix, T.J. Foster and Cam Maclise took the shots at the Broncos' Texas-born 'tender Morgan Clark.

That blanking made it two goals out of 23 shootout attempts on the season.

"We practised it the other day and Saint was awesome," said Pleau, not blaming St. Croix, but alluding again to the stick-squeezing theory.

Meanwhile, Cody Eakin showed some nice stickhandling, avoiding a pokecheck by Kings goalie Torrie Jung to get the winner.

The Broncos only beat Jung on a third-period power play.

BORDERLINE CALL

The refereeing didn't do the Kings any favours in the third. Just after ignoring any judgment on the Bronco's Matt Tassone shoving St. Croix into the Oil Kings' gate, they made a borderline call against the Kings' Adrian Van de Mosselaer.

On the power play, Justin Dowling appeared to be looking to pass down low, when the puck flicked up off the stick of a sliding Lane Werbowski and over Jung's arm to tie the game 1-1.

"Forty-six shots wasn't really the true indication of the game," said Jung. "Our D and our forwards did a pretty good job, for the most part, containing them to outside shots."

The goose-egg was cracked with seven minutes left in the second when Dylan Wruck found T.J. Foster down low from inside the circle. Foster tucked it behind Clark just seconds after Swift Current had killed off a two-minute power play.

The Kings again played without Mark Pysyk (flu) and Drew Nichol (suspension) on the blue-line.

"We didn't have a very good first period," said Pleau. "And that's where Jung stood really tall for us."

But the energy bulbs were on dim towards the end of the game and into overtime.

"I think that's natural, down to five D two nights in a row," said Pleau. "But they battled. And that's what I wanted to see, was our battle level.

"It wasn't what it need to be in the first. I thought the second was a tremendous period. We could have been up after the second. We had a couple of posts. The third period -- then it's just a battle (to survive) and get that point."

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