Oilers comeback falls short in Drumheller, 4-3

DRUMELLER, AB (December 17, 2021) ““ Falling behind 3-0 early and 4-1 after the first period, the Okotoks Oilers stormed back on Friday night in Drumheller but fell by a 4-3 margin to cap off their pre-Christmas schedule.

Ty Daneault opened the scoring for Drumheller just 61 seconds in, before back to back power play goals from Sam Simard at 7:51 and Grayson Dietrich at 9:14 made it 3-0 for the home side Dragons. Rieger Lorenz (Calgary, AB) got the Oilers on the board on the power play at 15:18, but the Dragons responded with a Vann Yuhas marker at 16:32 for a 4-1 advantage, which held through a scoreless second period.

In the third, Brendan Boyle (Lake Country, BC) notched his 10th goal of the season 24 seconds in to narrow the deficit to 2, and another Lorenz power play at 4:32 made it a one-goal game. With just under a minute left, a Lorenz shot on a 2-on-1 bounced off goalie Garrett Fuller”™s glove and into the crease, where Bowden Singleton (Calgary, AB) nearly poked it in, but the puck was ruled to not have crossed the line, and Drumheller held on for the narrow win.

Okotoks outshot Drumheller 15-8 in the third but were outshot 35-33 in the game, with Jack McNaughton (Calgary, AB) making 31 saves in the Oiler net.

The Oilers are scheduled to resume play December 31st against the Calgary Canucks at 6 PM at Max Bell Centre.