While both teams were ready for an intense battle, there was something else to take care of pre-game. Before the puck dropped, one lucky Edmonton fan had her boyfriend propose to her in the stands, and she said yes. Love at the hockey rink!
Once things got underway, there was no love between the Blades and the Oil Kings. Edmonton struck quickly, as Tyler Robertson beat Trevor Martin just 1:30 into the game, for his fifth of the year. The teams traded penalties throughout the first frame, before Edmonton would stretch their lead – Ashton Sautner wired one through traffic and past Martin, to make it 2-0 for Edmonton.
“I’ve said it before – there are too many games when we don’t give full effort” said a frustrated Bob Woods. “We have those mental lapses, get down early, and than we’re in trouble”.
Things didn’t start well for the Blades in the second period either. Just over five minutes in, Dysin Mayo scored on a long distance slap shot to run the lead to three. Five minutes after that, Davis Koch scored his first ever WHL goal, making it 4-0.
“Obviously Trevor didn’t have his best game” added Coach Woods. “In Red Deer we’ll let Moodie have a try, see how he plays, and make a decision from there on Sunday”.
The Oil Kings kept the pressure on in the third – one minute into the final frame, Sautner scored his second of the game to make it 5-0 for Edmonton. Near the end of the third, they added two more to make to 7-0. A late Cory Millette goal cut the lead to six, but it was far too late at that point.
“We weren’t good enough. Plain and simple” added defenceman Adam Henry. “Too many games we get lazy, we get down. It took us 40 minutes to wake up and get going tonight”.
The Blades have two more games on their Alberta road trip – in Red Deer on Saturday, and a battle with the Calgary Hitmen Sunday afternoon.
“We have to right the ship in Red Deer” said Henry. “No more losses like this. We need to win”.