Lethbridge, AB –
The Lethbridge Hurricanes returned home on Saturday with hopes of rebounding after a Friday night loss in Edmonton and the ‘Canes were able to do that earning a 4-1 victory over the Oil Kings in the rematch.
The game had a strong pace early on in the contest as both teams came out with jump. Both Stuart Skinner and Boston Bilous were strong in their respective nets to keep the game scoreless early. Bilous made the most difficult save in the opening ten minutes on a breakaway by Jordy Bellerive. Moments later, Zane Franklin had a good look off the rush but rang it off the goal post. Edmonton opened the scoring on a power play goal as Colton Kehler buried a one-timer by Skinner after a failed clearing attempt by the ‘Canes. Edmonton held a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes of play despite being outshot 12-7 in the opening period.
In the second, the Hurricanes continued to put the foot on the gas in creating scoring opportunities. Jayden Davis had a great look early on a two-on-one but Bilous slid across to make a tremendous right pad save keeping it 1-0 Oil Kings. The ‘Canes finally broke through on another odd-man rush as Bellerive sifted a pass across to a streaking Jack Flaman who tipped home his second in as many games, tying the game 1-1 – Brady Pouteau picked up the secondary assist. Flaman scored again with just 37 seconds left in the period on a power play to put the ‘Canes up 2-1 after two periods – Calen Addison and Dylan Cozens earned the assists. Oil Kings outshot the Hurricanes 10-8 in the middle frame, but the ‘Canes led the shot clock 20-17 after forty minutes.
The Hurricanes added to their lead early in the third period as Flaman completed his first WHL hat-trick redirecting an Igor Merezhko point shot past Bilous to make it 3-1 Lethbridge – Zane Franklin picked up the second assist. The ‘Canes rounded out the scoring with an empty net goal by Brennan Riddle for his first of the year with 43 seconds left in the game to make it a 4-1 final.
Shots were tied 3-3 in the third period; ‘Canes held the edge 23-20 in the hockey game. Hurricanes went 1/3 on the power play while Edmonton was 1/4 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #12 Jack Flaman (3 goals)
2) ‘Canes – #15 Jordy Bellerive (1 assist)
3) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner (19 saves)
The Hurricanes even their record at 2-2-0-0 on the season with the victory. The ‘Canes are now off until next Friday when they welcome the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre.
(Photo Credit: Colin Moreland)