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Oil Kings Close Out Final Home Stand with 7-1 Loss to Hitmen

The Edmonton Oil Kings closed out their final home stand of the season on Saturday night with a 7-1 loss to the Calgary Hitmen. Calgary would strike first in the game as Hitmen left-winger Jakob Stukel scored on the powerplay at 7:55 of the frame to put the Hitmen ahead 1-0. Just a minute later, Dom Schmiemann sent a quick shot past Dechaine to give Calgary a 2-0 lead. Late in the period, with less than 20 seconds to play, Hitmen centreman Mark Kastelic netted his 22nd of the season to put Calgary in front 3-0 through 20 minutes.

In the second period, Boston Bilous would step in between the pipes for the Oil Kings. Just under 40 seconds into the period, Calgary left-winger Luke Coleman would beat Bilous glove side to make it 4-0 Calgary.

Early in the third period, Oil Kings David Kope ended the scoring drought in the game for Edmonton netting his 14th of the year to make it 4-1. Minutes later Kastelic scored his second of the game on the powerplay at 9:17 of the period to put Calgary ahead 5-1. Stukel and Kryski both added goals for Calgary late in the period to knock off the Oil Kings 7-1.

BOX SCORE | HIGHLIGHTSPHOTOS

OIL KINGS  1  VS  7  HITMEN

SOG:                Oil Kings                      28                    Hitmen                        41

PP:                   Oil Kings                      0/1                  Hitmen                        2/9

PK:                   Oil Kings                      7/9                  Hitmen                        1/1

GOALS:

David Kope (14)

GOALTENDER:

Josh Dechaine (12-14-3-2) 12/15

Boston Bilous (0-10-1-0) 22/26

TURNING POINT:

The first 20 minutes of the game was the difference maker on Saturday night as the Hitmen scored three unanswered goals in the first period outshooting the Oil Kings 15-5.

PLAY OF THE GAME:

Hitmen’s Luke Coleman sent a quick shot past Oil Kings netminder Boston Bilous, beating him glove side to put the Hitmen ahead 4-0.

PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Hitmen centreman Mark Kastelic netted two goals on Saturday against the Oil Kings. His first goal was the insurance marker of the game to put Calgary ahead 3-0, his second was scored on the powerplay midway through the third period.

UNSUNG HERO OF THE GAME:

Oil Kings captain Colton Kehler played in his 200th career Western Hockey League (WHL) game on Saturday night against Calgary.

3 STARS (as chosen by TSN 1260):

  1. Colton Kehler
  2. Tomas Soustal
  3. Travis Child

UP NEXT:

EOK @ CGY

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Scotiabank Saddledome

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