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EA-WR forward Alec Revelle battles a host of Collinsville defenders.
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EA-WR junior Brett Gaines covers the front of the goal while Collinsville senior goalie Kyle Bray watches the puck.
The Collinsville Kahoks (12-5-4) didn’t allow East Alton-Wood River a single goal Monday night.
The Kahoks secured a 3-0 victory in the first game of the Mississippi Valley Club Hockey Class 1A playoff championships and will move on to play the Oilers again Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. at the East Alton Ice Rink.
Tonight was the third time the Oilers have lost to the Kahoks this season and they are coming off a big 6-2 win last week over the Highland Bulldogs for the MVCA North Division crown.
Though Oilers hockey coach Pat St. Peters’ team may have lost the first game, he doesn’t think the Oilers need to play differently to beat Collinsville Tuesday night.
“Overall, we played a pretty good game and we outshot them,” he said. “We had a lot of wide open shots tonight that were easy for the goalie to catch, so tomorrow night we need to work on creating more traffic in front of the goal.”
The Kahoks had one goal in the first period from Cory Spelling and two in the third period from Brandon Harris and Jason Spelling.
If the Oilers win Tuesday, a tie-breaker game is scheduled for Thursday. And with the Oilers' sluggish start to the season well behind them, St. Peters thinks the Oilers are playing some of their best hockey of the season.
“I can’t say we didn’t hustle or shoot the puck well, because we did,” St. Peters said. “If we learn from our mistakes tonight and bring that same kind of energy, we should have a chance tomorrow.”