Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes continued a four-game home stand on Friday night as they welcomed the Edmonton Oil Kings in a rematch and they got redemption as the ‘Canes earned a come-from-behind 3-2 shootout victory over the Oil Kings.
It was an exciting first period as both teams had some great scoring chances. Lethbridge had an early power play opportunity as David Kope was assessed a tripping penalty and despite some good puck movement and a few good chances, the ‘Canes were unable to open the scoring. Edmonton had a chance on the man advantage themselves but failed to score as the first period came to end in a scoreless tie. Edmonton outshot Lethbridge 12-9 in the opening period.
Edmonton took control in the second period outshooting the Hurricanes 15-5 in the middle frame as they were aided by three power plays. The Oil Kings struck first with a five-on-three power play as Vince Loschiavo buried a rebound to make it 1-0; Trey Fix-Wolansky and Conner McDonald earned the assists on the goal. Just over five minutes later, Edmonton struck again as Jalen Luypen potted his third of the year to make it 2-0 after forty minutes of play.
In the third period, the Hurricanes struck early to get on the board as Jake Elmer potted his 10th of the season at the 4:32 mark to pull the ‘Canes to within one; Taylor Ross and Jadon Joseph picked up the assists on the goal. Lethbridge pulled the goaltender for an extra attacker and Ross tied the game with 1:08 left in regulation to make it 2-2; Igor Merezhko and Jordy Bellerive earned the assists on the goal.
In overtime, the Oil Kings thought that they had won the game when Trey Fix-Wolansky beat Klassen on a rebound but the goal was overturned as the referee had blown the whistle. Overtime carried on and Edmonton had a full power play but failed to score as the game went to a shootout.
In the shootout, Ross scored the eventual shootout winner before Klassen stopped Quinn Benjafield for the victory.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #31 Reece Klassen (35 saves, 4/5 in the shootout)
2) Oil Kings – #31 Dylan Myskiw (29 saves)
3) ‘Canes – #8 Taylor Ross (1 goal, 1 assist, SOW)
The win for the Hurricanes improves their overall record to 9-6-2-2 on the season as it was just their second come-back win when trailing after forty minutes of play this season. Lethbridge improves to 6-1-2-0 in their last nine games at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes end their current home stand on Saturday as they welcome the Moose Jaw Warriors at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm. Tickets are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre and Yates Ticket Centre’s.