Tough Second Sinks Hurricanes
Edmonton, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes began the final week of the regular season on Tuesday with a 5-1 loss in Edmonton against the Oil Kings at Rogers Place.
The Hurricanes started strong in the game as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 5:48 into the game when Jadon Joseph banged home his ninth goal of the season right as a power play expired; Jake Elmer and Brad Morrison picked up the assists – for Morrison, it was his 150th WHL assist. At the midway point of the first period, the ‘Canes were outshooting the Oil Kings 10-1. Edmonton came on in the second half of the period as the shots favoured the Hurricanes 12-9 after one period.
The Oil Kings dominated the second period as they outshot the Hurricanes 16-5 in the second period and scored five times. Just 2:09 into the period, Colton Kehler snapped home his 31st goal of the season on a power play to tie the game 1-1. Nick Bowman gave Edmonton their first lead 2-1 at the 7:23 mark as he snapped one over the glove of Logan Flodell. A five-on-three power play goal for Conner McDonald put the Oil Kings up 3-1 before Tomas Soustal made it 4-1. Trey Fix-Wolansky, who had three assists in the game, scored his 31st of the season with 1:12 left in the period to make it 5-1 Oil Kings.
In the third period, the Hurricanes had a pair of power plays but could not solve Josh Dechaine. Hurricanes outshot the Oil Kings 10-8 in the third period. Hurricanes were outshot 35-27 on the night. The ‘Canes went 0/5 on the power play while Edmonton was 3/4 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Oil Kings – #27 Trey Fix-Wolansky (1 goal, 3 assists)
2) Oil Kings – #23 Colton Kehler (1 goal)
3) Oil Kings – #18 Kobe Mohr (1 assist)
The loss for the Hurricanes extended their losing streak to six straight games as they fall to 32-31-6-0 on the season. It also extended their road losing streak to four straight games. The ‘Canes finish the season 3-2-1-0 against the Oil Kings this year.
The Hurricanes will visit the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday in a potential first round playoff match-up. The ‘Canes will return to the ENMAX Centre on Friday for the final regular season home game against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Tickets for Friday’s game can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.