Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes began a three-in-three weekend on Friday with a 5-1 loss to the hands of the Edmonton Oil Kings at the ENMAX Centre.
The game was free-flowing early as both teams had some early chances to open the scoring. The ‘Canes pulled ahead first as they struck at the 3:02 mark when Adam Hall tapped home his first Western Hockey League goal to make it 1-0 Lethbridge; Igor Merezhko and Zach Cox picked up the assists on the goal. Edmonton struck back right away though as just 19 seconds after the ‘Canes opened the scoring when Scott Atkinson buried his sixth goal of the season to make it 1-1. The Hurricanes outshot the Oil Kings 8-7 in the first period.
Edmonton pulled ahead early in the second period as Vince Loschiavo stole a puck in front of the net and beat Liam Hughes to make it a 2-1 lead just 1:33 into the middle frame. Oil Kings struck on a power play at the 7:08 mark as Liam Keeler tipped home his sixth of the season to make it 3-1. Just forty seconds later, Edmonton added to their lead as Jalen Luypen potted his sixth of the year, fourth against the Hurricanes, to make it 4-1. Hughes was replaced by Carl Tetachuk after the fourth Edmonton goal after Hughes allowed four goals on 13 shots.
In the third period, the Hurricanes attempted a come-back but could not solve Todd Scott. Edmonton added to their lead as Atkinson scored his second goal of the game at the 12:45 mark to make it 5-1 final.
Shots in the third period were tied 9-9 and tied 25-25 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes went 0/5 on the power play while going 6/7 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Oil Kings – #15 Scott Atkinson (2 goals, 1 assist)
2) Oil Kings – #35 Todd Scott (24 saves)
3) ‘Canes – #12 Adam Hall (1 goal)
The loss for the Hurricanes ended a three-game winning streak as they fell to 13-3-2-2 in their last 20 games and 22-11-4-4 on the season. The ‘Canes surrender the two points and now have just a one point lead in the Central Division standings.
The ‘Canes welcome the Kootenay Ice on Saturday at 7:00pm before rounding out the weekend on Sunday in Edmonton against the Oil Kings. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.