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Hurricanes Fall 6-5 in Overtime to Oil Kings

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes played their final home game before the Christmas break on Friday as they dropped a 6-5 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings at the ENMAX Centre.

The Oil Kings came out flying in the first period jumping out to an early 2-0 lead. Brett Kemp was able to beat Stuart Skinner with a short-side shot 2:27 into the game to make it 1-0 Edmonton. Oil Kings struck for a shorthanded goal just 1:27 later as Ethan Cap sniped home his third of the year. The ‘Canes cut the lead in half as Giorgio Estephan batted home his 14th goal of the season. Edmonton restored their two-goal lead as Nick Bowman tipped one by Skinner to make it 3-1. Late in the period, Igor Merezhko beat Travis Child with a shot in the final minute on the power play to bring the ‘Canes back to within one goal as they trailed 3-2 after twenty minutes of play.

The Hurricanes equalized the game as Jadon Joseph buried his third of the season, and first since opening night, to tie the game 3-3 just 3:54 into the second period; Brendan Stafford and Egor Zudilov picked up the helpers. The ‘Canes took their first lead when Taylor Ross scored a power play goal to make it 4-3 Lethbridge – the goal for Ross was his fourth in three games. Just 44 seconds later, Jake Elmer bust through the Edmonton defense and roofed one over the glove of Child to make it 5-3. Before the period was done, however, the Oil Kings brought it back to within one as Colton Kehler scored his 11th of the season on a two-on-one to make it 5-4 after forty minutes. The ‘Canes outshot the Oil Kings 17-4 in the middle frame and held the advantage 31-12 after two periods.

Lethbridge outshot Edmonton 9-6 in the third period but the pesky Oil Kings were able to tie the game at the 11:41 mark as Tomas Soustal sniped one by Skinner to make it a 5-5 tie midway through the third period. The ‘Canes had their chances to win the game with their best chance on a point blank opportunity by Jordy Bellerive but Child came up with a game-saving stop. Neither team was able to end it in regulation as the game went to overtime.

Just one minute in the extra session, the ‘Canes were caught on a sloppy line change and Edmonton took advantage and ended the game as Trey Fix-Wolansky buried a pinball puck to win the game 6-5 for the Oil Kings.

The ‘Canes were outshot 2-0 in overtime, but held the edge 40-20 in the game. ‘Canes went 2/6 on the power play while the Oil Kings were 1/2 with the extra man.

Three stars in the game were:
1) Oil Kings – #11 Tomas Soustal (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) ‘Canes – #4 Tate Olson (2 assists)

The loss for the Hurricanes was just their second in their last nine games as they now have a 7-1-1-0 record in that span.The ‘Canes head out on the road for a four game East Division road trip next week to lead into the Christmas Break. Hear all four game on 106.7 ROCK with Dustin Forbes.

The Hurricanes are back at the ENMAX Centre on Friday, December 29th when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers. Tickets for the game can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.

(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)

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