Edmonton, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes played their first game in 356-days on Friday as they fell 7-1 to the Edmonton Oil Kings at the Downtown Community Arena in the first of a 24-game regular season.
The Hurricanes had two rookies make their WHL debuts in the game as Kayden Sadhra-Kang and Cole Miller both suited up for the first time while Dino Kambeitz wore the Captain’s “C” for the first time.
It was a rambunctious start to the game that saw the Hurricanes take an early penalty when Logan Barlage was penalized for interference. It didn’t take long for the Edmonton power play to strike as the reigning WHL Rookie of the Year Dylan Guenther beat Carl Tetachuk on a one-timer to make it 1-0 for the Oil Kings just 1:47 into the game. Another power play goal for Edmonton came just 45-seconds later as Kaid Oliver banged home a loose puck in front to give the Oil Kings a 2-0 lead early. Lethbridge failed to capitalize on three power-play opportunities of their own in the first period as they trailed by two after 20 minutes. Edmonton outshot Lethbridge 15-8 in the opening frame.
The Hurricanes started the second period with a power play and the ‘Canes got on the board as Noah Boyko fired home his first of season to cut the Oil Kings lead to 2-1; Alex Cotton and Logan Barlage earned the assists on the goal. Edmonton answered back with two goals in a span of 2:13 as Josh Williams slipped one five-hole on Tetachuk to restore the Edmonton two-goal lead. Oil Kings struck again as Guenther ripped home his second of the night – and fourth point – on a two-on-one to make it 4-1 Edmonton after forty minutes of play. Oil Kings held the edge in shots 12-9 in the second period.
In the third period, the Oil Kings kept the pedal on the gas as they built on their lead when Tyler Horstmann tucked one home on a wrap-around at the 3:38 mark. Just under three-minutes later, Jake Neighbours netted his first of the season before Carson Latimer banged home a loose puck to make it a 7-1 Edmonton advantage. The Hurricanes had some power play chances in the third period, but again was unable to beat Sebastian Cossa in the Oil Kings net.
The Hurricanes went 1/8 on the power play while the Oil Kings went 2/4 with the extra man. Lethbridge was outshot 45-27 in the contest.
The Hurricanes will return to action as they welcome the Oil Kings on Saturday in the Dairy Queen Home Opener at the ENMAX Centre at 6:00pm. That will be the first home-game for the ‘Canes in 363 days dating back to February 29th, 2020.