Oil Kings win one-up battle

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:59 AM ET

It was like a game of ‘anything you can do, I can do better.’

Every time the Calgary Hitmen did something positive, the Edmonton Oil Kings responded.

Not being able to capitalize on any momentum cost the Hitmen dearly in a 5-2 loss at the Saddledome.

“The timeliness of their goals certainly hurt,” head coach Mike Williamson said.

“I thought we had some flair and energy early.

“But every time we seemed to get something going, Edmonton was able to come back and either take the momentum with some good chances or get a goal.”

The Hitmen started off with Alex Roach’s first-career WHL marker just 31 seconds in.

But Michael St. Croix, with his first of three on the night, erased that lead.

Jimmy Bubnick tied the game at two early in the second period, but St. Croix responded just 33 seconds later to give the Oil Kings a lead they would not relinquish.

“It was nice to get that goal,” Roach said. “But I would rather have gotten a win.”

Kris Foucault, who scored the only other Hitmen marker, said not developing any momentum was what killed his club.

“The shifts after we score and after they score are the biggest shifts of the game,” Foucault said. “We’ve struggled with that all year.”

The Hitmen have lost five of their last six games, and Foucault said it’s difficult to figure out the solution.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” the Minnesota Wild prospect said. “It’s tough because we go and play our best game of the year in Vancouver (in a 4-3 win). Then we play one of our worst games against Kamloops (3-2 OT loss).

“We’re so up and down right now. It’s like a roller-coaster, and it’s tough to get off it.”


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