OKOTOKS, AB (September 27, 2023) — Sam Huck (Calgary, AB) scored two goals and an assist, Jack Silverberg (Sherwood Park, AB) racked up a pair of points, and Brett Wilson (Calgary, AB) netted the eventual game-winning goal at the end of a successful PK as the Okotoks Oilers cruised to a 6–3 victory over the Lloydminster Bobcats on Friday night.
Christian Green (Boothwyn, PA) settled in after a rough first period and ultimately made 13 saves for his fourth win of the season. The Oilers outshot the Bobcats 38–16 and went 3-for-5 on the power play while also going 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
After Caden Cabana made it 1–0 for Lloydminster just 21 seconds into the first period, Huck sent Jackson Rowland (Calgary, AB) on a successful partial breakaway to tie the game up at one just over two minutes later. Then, just past the seven-minute mark of the opening frame, Huck tallied his first of two goals on the night to give the Oilers their first lead.
But the Oilers’ advantage was short-lived, as Blake Setter responded a shade over three minutes after to restore the tie — and Remy Spooner put Lloydminster back up by one just over a minute after that. In total, the Bobcats converted three times on five shots in the first 20 minutes of the game.
The Oilers managed to draw even shortly before the first intermission when Huck netted his second power-play goal of the opening frame. Silverberg and Kade Turner (Calgary, AB) recorded the helpers on Huck’s team-leading eighth goal of the season.
After dominating much of the second period, the Oilers finally retook the lead with 38 seconds to go in the frame and mere moments after Jagger Tapper (Calgary, AB) finished serving a penalty. After an egregious turnover by the Bobcats, Wilson walked in on goaltender Kaiden Kirkwood and made a nifty move before sliding the puck over the line.
Silverberg and Tapper both added to the Oilers’ lead in the third period to put the finishing touches on what went into the books as a 6–3 victory for the home side. The Oilers will return to action on Sunday afternoon to take on the Drayton Valley Thunder in what will be their last home game before Halloween night.
Recap: Mike Gould
Photo: Chad Goddard