Kings beaten despite a good effort

It was one of those games.

Huskies 6 Kings 1

FORT McMURRAY — It was one of those games.

The RDC Kings controlled then majority of the play, but came up on the short end of a 6-1 decision against the Keyano College Huskies in Alberta Colleges Men’s Hockey League play Saturday afternoon.

“We played a pretty good game where we controlled the play, outshot them, but it was one of those rare games where the other team takes advantage of their opportunities,” said Kings head coach Trevor Keeper.

“We certainly held an edge territorially and I watched the video coming home and you would think we won the game, but their goalie (Logan Stebner) played well and after we’d force the play they’d come back with a two-on-one and score.

“It wasn’t typical all the way around.”

The Kings held a 41-31 edge in shots, but managed only a third-period goal by Jeff Archibald, which made the score 5-1 at the time.

Mike Salmon started in goal and allowed four goals on 21 shots before being replaced by Kraymer Barnstable at 15:58 of the second period.

“Mike has been great for us all season, but after four goals I wanted to try to shake things up,” said Keeper.

Barnstable allowed two goals on 10 shots.

The Kings remain in a second-place tie with the NAIT Ooks, who have four games in hand.

The two have 35 points, three back of the SAIT Trojans, who the Kings meet in a home-and-home series this weekend — Friday in Calgary and Saturday at 7:15 p.m. in Penhold.

“Unfortunately we split against Keyano, but maybe it makes us hungry and we have a shot at moving ahead of SAIT,” said Keeper.

drode@bprda.wpengine.com

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