The Calgary Canucks ended a two-game losing skid with a 5-4 win in a unpredictable, entertaining game with the Okotoks Oilers.
The Canucks came out strong in the first period outshooting the Oilers 4-3 at the 10 minute mark of the first period. The Oilers took over from their and peppered Canucks goaltender Colin Cooper with a variety of shots, but the game remained 0-0 at the end of the first.
The second period started just like the first, withthe Canucks skating hard and creating opportunities. Their work lead to a 5-3 Powerplay.
26 seconds into the two-man advantage at 5:56 of the second period, Clayton Petrie scored on a bounce off the boards behind the Okotoks net to make it 1-0 for Calgary. 14 seconds later Petrie fired a shot on goal that was tipped in by Kirby Ruzesky. 2-0 Canucks.
12 seconds later though, the Oilers responded, when Scott Bolland deflected the puck past Colin Cooper from close range in front of the Canucks net to make it a 2-1 game.
The momentum was traded back and forth until the Oilers scored the equalizer at 16:47 of the second period. Scott Bolland scored his 2nd goal of the game.
The period ended as a 2-2 tie.
The Oilers had an ideal start to the third period by having Colton Sheen scoring to make it 3-2 twenty seconds in. The Canucks fought back and drew a powerplay chance. Just as the powerplay expired Derek Thorogood scored at 6:39 to tie the game at 3-3.
The Oilers regained the one goal lead under five minutes later at 11:19 with a PP Goal. Robbie Fisher was the goal scorer.
The Canucks responded again with Clayton Petrie notching his 2nd goal of the game with a goal at 12:42.
The Canucks commanded the game from that point on and drew another powerplay chance with just over five minutes remaining in regulation time.
The Canucks Alex Marcinew scored the game-winning goal on that powerplay at 15:40 of the third period.
With the win the Canucks record improves to 10-11-1, while the loss drops the Oilers to 10-7-2.