The Edmonton Oil Kings watched two three-goal leads slip away in game six last night and with those, their chance at closing out the series on home ice. Winterhawks proved resilient and came back to beat Edmonton 6-5 in overtime to force a game seven in Portland tonight.
The Oil Kings’ attitude going into tonight’s game is much more jovial than it was last night following the loss.
“Pumped,” Cody Corbett said of the team’s mood going into tonight’s game. “All of the guys in the room are so excited. Whatever happened last night, that’s last night. Today is today, the sun came up this morning and you know we’re a good hockey club and we’re going to find a way to bounce back tonight.”
“Game seven is the biggest thing in all of hockey,” said Edgars Kulda, who had two goals in game six. “It’s the most important game in our season right now and of course everyone is excited, everyone is getting ready and we’ll come out strong today.”
Head coach Derek Laxdal has not had to do much to get them to forget last night’s game and focus solely on tonight.
“They’re pretty good,” he said. “They’re teenage kids. I think the coaching staff has a harder time of letting it go but the kids… they dwelled on it for a little bit last night then we got on the bus after the plane and you could see them start to loosen up a little bit. They know what their focus is, they have an understanding and they know that they weren’t at their best last night. They had a great period and a half and didn’t have a great second and third period. At the end of the day, we’ve got to be ready to go tonight with a one-game shot.”
Kulda adds, “What happened, happened. You can’t change what happened last game. We just need to come out and play our game seven as the most important game.”
Luke Bertolucci said, “It’s a new day, the sun came up. That’s something the coach emphasized. We have to start fresh today and forget about the last six games and tonight is our night.”