Bulldogs come up short in Okotoks

Despite a solid effort, the Blackfalds Bulldogs dropped a 5-3 decision Monday in Okotoks to the Oilers.

Okotoks opened the scoring 10:04 into the first frame when Nolan Flint sent a shot upstairs from a sharp angle. The Oilers went up 2-0 after Bowden Singleton tallied his sixth of the season from the left circle.

The Bulldogs got on the board 2:42 into the second when Ryan Johnson finished off a passing play on the man advantage, which cut the lead to one. The Oilers took a 3-1 lead 9:21 into the second following a Rieger Lorenz marker.

The Bulldogs connected on the power play again at the 1:59 mark of the third when Tye Carriere drove the crease and recorded his first as a Bulldog. The seesaw battle continued 4:09 into the third when Ryan Neumann tallied on the power play, giving the Oilers a 4-2 lead.

Blackfalds would not fade away and Carter Yarish notched his third of the season 8:31 into the period when he fooled Parker Sawka, who made 24 saves in the win. Yarish’s goal was as close as the Bulldogs would get as the Oilers added an empty-netter late to seal the victory. Lucas Massie turned away 24 shots in the loss.

With the setback, the Bulldogs slipped to 2-8 on the campaign. Blackfalds has now dropped its last seven contests.

The Bulldogs look to rebound on Friday in Calgary when they take on the Canucks for the second time this season. You can catch the action on the Bulldogs Radio Network with Braden Malsbury.

Blackfalds will close out its weekend Saturday in Spruce Grove when they meet the Saints for the first time this season.