Edmonton, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes ended a three-in-three weekend with a 4-1 loss in Edmonton against the Oil Kings at Rogers Place.
The Hurricanes had an early power play in the first period as goaltender Todd Scott for the Oil Kings shot the puck out of play but the ‘Canes were unable to capitalize with the extra man. Edmonton opened the scoring when Liam Keeler redirected an Ethan Cap point-shot by Liam Hughes to make it 1-0. The Oil Kings were assessed their second delay-of-game but once again the ‘Canes could not strike on the power play. While shorthanded, Edmonton was able to add to their lead as Keeler potted his second goal of the period as the Oil Kings led 2-0 after forty minutes of play. Edmonton held the edge in shots 11-8 in the first period.
In the second period, the Oil Kings added to their lead when Vince Loschiavo pulled away on a breakaway before deking to the back-hand and beating Hughes to make it 3-0 on the unassisted goal. The Hurricanes were strong on the penalty kill in the middle frame keeping the Oil Kings scoreless on their two opportunities. Shots favoured the Oil Kings 14-9 in the middle frame.
The ’Canes started the third period with a power play after Andrew Fyten was assessed an interference penalty with just 2.1 seconds left in the second period but Lethbridge was unable to score on the manm advantage. Edmonton struck on a power play of their own as Trey Fix-Wolansky ripped home his 25th of the season to make it 4-0. The Hurricanes broke the shutout bid at the 8:02 mark as Jake Elmer scored his 20th goal of the season to make it a 4-1 final; Dylan Cozens and Nick Henry earned the assists on the goal.
The shots favoured the Hurricanes 15-8 in the third period but they were outshot 33-32 on the night. Both the ‘Canes and the Oil Kings went 1/5 on the power play in the game.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Oil Kings – #12 Liam Keeler (2 goals)
2) Oil Kings – #27 Trey Fix-Wolansky (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) Oil Kings – #35 Todd Scott (31 saves )
The loss for the Hurricanes was their second loss in three days to the Oil Kings. The defeat dropped the ‘Canes record to 14-4-2-2 in their last 22 games and falls them to 23-12-4-4 on the season as they relinquish their lead atop the Central Division.
The Hurricanes will return to the ENMAX Centre on Friday, January 18th when they welcome the Red Deer Rebels. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.