Edmonton, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes had their three-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday afternoon with a 6-3 loss in Edmonton to the Oil Kings at Rogers Place.
It was an even first period that saw Edmonton strike first, while shorthanded, at the 3:22 mark as Quinn Benjafield netted his sixth of the year on a two-on-one with Trey Fix Wolansky and Benjafield made no mistake beating an outstretched Carl Tetachuk to make it 1-0. The Hurricanes answered just 29 seconds later as Dylan Cozens scored his eighth of the season to make it a 1-1 tie; Calen Addison and Taylor Ross picked up the assists on the goal. Edmonton pulled back ahead at the 8:05 mark as David Kope snapped home his second of the year as the Oil Kings led 2-1 after twenty minutes of play. Shots favoured the Oil Kings 9-7 in the first period.
Edmonton added to their lead in the second period as they would pot three in the middle frame. Jake Neighbours made it a 3-1 hockey game on a rebound 1:44 into the second period for his fourth of the season. Neighbours scored again at the 13:51 mark on a one-timer that beat Tetachuk to make it 4-1. Benjafield would get his second of the day on a power play to make it 5-1 Edmonton after two periods of play. The Oil Kings led the shots on goal 13-10 in the second period.
The Oil Kings made it a 6-1 game as Fix-Wolansky struck on a breakaway for his 11th goal of the season with 5:10 to go in regulation. The ‘Canes added a pair of late goals as Taylor Ross buried on a breakaway of his own for his team-leading 10th goal of the season before Jake Elmer netted his ninth of the year to make it a 6-3 final.
Shots in the third period favoured the Oil Kings 8-7 as they held the edge 30-24 in the game. Hurricanes went 1/5 on the power play while Edmonton was 1/3 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Oil Kings – #27 Trey Fix-Wolansky (1 goal, 3 assists)
2) Oil Kings – #14 Quinn Benjafield (2 goals)
3) Oil Kings – #21 Jake Neighbours (2 goals, 1 assist)
The loss for the Hurricanes was their first regulation loss in their last seven games it ends a three-game winning streak. The ‘Canes are now 4-1-1-1 in their last seven outings.
The Hurricanes visit the Swift Current Broncos this coming Friday at 7:00pm. The ‘Canes will be back at the ENMAX Centre on Friday, November 9th when they welcome the Calgary Hitmen at 7:00pm. Tickets are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre and Yates Ticket Centre’s.