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 | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS
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
David Kope (14)
Josh Dechaine (12-14-3-2) 12/15
Boston Bilous (0-10-1-0) 22/26
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):
- Colton Kehler
- Tomas Soustal
- Travis Child
EOK @ CGY
Sunday, March 18, 2018