Friday, September 9, 2011

Oil Kings 4 - Cougars 1

Friday night in Prince George the Prince George Cougars dropped a 4-1 decision to the Edmonton Oil Kings. Stephane Legault scored twice, and Jon Groenheyde made 31 saves for the Oil Kings in victory.

The Cougars were the better team in the first period. Goaltender Drew Owsley stopped all 12 shots he faced, and Linden Springer notched his second goal of preseason on the power-play to give Prince George a 1-0 lead.

Early in the second period Alex Forsberg had a tremendous chance to make it 2-0, but Groenheyde made a terrific save to keep the game close. Shortly thereafter Edmonton got on the board. Mark Reners and Stephane Legault scored 91 seconds apart early in the second, and from there Jon Groenheyde did the rest.

Add some great saves to a couple of missed open nets, and the Cougars simply could not bury on their chances. T.J. Foster scored in the final minute of the second period and the Oil Kings had a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.

After a penalty-filled third period, Stephane Legault put the game away for Edmonton with an empty-netter at 17:29.

Drew Owsley started the game for Prince George, and finished with 20 saves on 22 shots faced. Devon Fordyce stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced.

The bright spot for the Cougars Friday was their penalty-kill. Edmonton finished zero-for-nine on the power-play while Prince George finished one-for-five.

The Cougars are still without a victory in three preseason games. This loss puts Prince George at 0-2-1 for the preseason while Edmonton improved to 2-1.

These two teams are back at it tomorrow night from Jasper. Puck drops at 7:00.

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