Oilers fall 7-4 in Bonnyville

BONNYVILLE, AB (November 10, 2023) — Despite opening the scoring with two first period goals, the Okotoks Oilers dropped a 7-4 decision in their rematch with the Bonnyville Pontiacs on the road Friday night.

With the loss, the Oilers remain in sixth place in the AJHL standings, but still one point back of Calgary with a game in hand for fifth.

Rylan Brown opened the scoring with a power play goal, dangling in from the half wall and sniping a top shelf shot for a 1-0 lead, before rookie Brett Wilson doubled the lead on a rebound goal after linemate Hayden Fechner had batted the puck off the crossbar from midair.

But Bonnyville responded with goals from Luka Sukovic on a backdoor tap-in, Dante Siciliano on a power play point shot, and Ludovik Tardif on a net front shot to make it 3-2 after the first.

After allowing a 16-8 Pontiac shot lead in the first, the Oilers held their opposition to just 9 shots the rest of the way, but could only trade goals. Joshua Simpson scored from the slot in the second to make it 4-2, before Hunter Sawka responded with a goal off the rush to cut the deficit to one. In the third, Bonnyville got its second power play goal from Billy Batten two minutes in, but affiliate forward Wyatt Yule tapped a goal home from the crease after Brown beat three defenders off the wall to set him up. But the Pontiacs would get another breakaway goal from Tardif and an empty netter from Sukovic to notch the 7-4 final.

Shots in the game were tied 25-25. The Oilers will continue their road trip Saturday night with an evening matchup in Lloydminster starting at 7 PM.