10/21/07 vs. Oil Kings (5-3-2)
After last week’s tough loss to the Rangers, our division race was getting tighter while we began playing interdivision games. Our first challenge would be the Oil Kings who are unbeaten in their last seven games (5-0-2) after starting out winless in their first three games.
The Oil Kings had all the momentum heading into this game while we’ve been struggling to score goals and halfway through the first period, the Oil Kings found the net to take a 1-0 lead, just after we finished killing off a penalty. They continued to control the play in our defensive zone, cycling the puck around in the corners and behind the net, but were unable to find the net again in the first period.
The second period saw much of the same as the Oil Kings pinned us in our own zone and continued to pepper Josh. They finally broke through 2:47 into the second period to build their lead up to two. Less than three minutes later though, Lyle cleared the zone up to Dom, who found Tom N. at center ice and he fired a slapshot from just inside the blueline to bring us back to a one-goal deficit. That’s as close as we would get however, as two minutes later, the Oil Kings notched their third goal. With three minutes remaining in the second, the Oil Kings upped their lead to 4-1 with another goal, which only showed how much they dominated us for most of the period, firing shots on net at will.
The third period was played rather pedestrian as the Oil Kings weren’t interested in running up the score and we were exhausted from running around in the first two periods. The did manage to score again with five minutes remaining, but this game had been decided early on.
Final Score: 1-5 (5-4-2)
Next week, an old foe with a new look, Gang Green.