The Kootenay ICE couldn’t recover from a shaky first period against the Edmonton Oil Kings Friday.
The ICE were handed a 5-1 loss by the Edmonton Oil Kings despite outshooting their opponent 44-19.
Matt Berlin had a rough start to his ICE debut allowing four of his first five shots against to slip by him.
Edmonton’s Todd Scott was dialed in making 43 stops in the Oil Kings’ winning effort.
Sebastian Streu scored the lone goal for Kootenay, his sixth of the season, assisted by Camerson Hausinger and Jonathan Smart on the power play.
Streu says they didn’t wake up until the second period.
“I think for the first 20 minutes our minds were in a different place or something because we were definitely not there to play and that’s what hit us hard.” says Streu. “They got a three goal lead on us very fast, yeah we got 40-plus shots on net but we have to start picking corners and better execution.”
Streu adds that they didn’t have the right mentality heading into the game.
“Maybe we underestimated them but that’s something you can’t do in this league.” says Streu. “This is pretty much like the NHL, any team can beat any team, there’s no 12-0 games, it’s all tight games so you have to battle every game, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing against.”
The ICE are back in action Tuesday at home versus the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Kootenay trails Lethbridge by five points for second place in the Central Division.
– Sebastian Streu, Kootenay ICE forward