OKOTOKS, AB (December 11, 2021) ““ Bowden Singleton (Calgary, AB) broke out with two late goals and an assist, but the Okotoks Oilers (15-17-1) dropped a 4-3 decision at home to the visiting Blackfalds Bulldogs on Saturday night.
The loss narrows the Oilers”™ lead over Canmore for fourth in the AJHL South to three points, with Blackfalds sitting only four points back with two games in hand.
Despite a 9-5 shot advantage, in the first, the Oilers were deadlocked 1-1 through twenty minutes after a Nick Magis power play goal got the Bulldogs in front at 5:58, before Rieger Lorenz (Calgary, AB) scored on a wrist shot from the left circle to tie it at 10:56.
In the second, the Oilers again outshot the Bulldogs 8-5, but allowed the only two goals of the period; the first a Brett Meerman shorthanded wraparound goal, and the second a point shot from Adam Heindel, giving the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.
In the third, the Bulldogs made it 4-1 on a Brendan Ross goal from the slot 8:19 in, before the Oilers pulled the goalie with 6 minutes left and converted on a Bowden Singleton rebound goal.
After a late Oilers penalty, Singleton converted again on a breakaway shorthanded at 18:28, but it was as close as the Oilers would get, dropping the game in regulation despite outshooting the Bulldogs 30-16.
Okotoks will finish up its pre-Christmas schedule next week, starting with a rare Thursday night home game against the Grande Prairie Storm at 7 PM. Tickets are available online at tickets.okotoksoilers.ca.
Photo: Chad Goddard Photography