Edmonton, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes ended 2021 regular season with a 3-2 overtime loss in Edmonton to the Oil Kings at the Downtown Community Arena.
It was a fast-paced first period that flew by as both teams came out buzzing as the Hurricanes were playing their final game of the season while the Oil Kings their final home game. Lethbridge had an early power play opportunity but couldn’t beat Sebastian Cossa. Edmonton struck first on an unassisted goal by Josh Williams who buried his 16th goal of the season at the 10:12 mark to make it 1-0. The ‘Canes answered back as Chase Wheatcroft scored his eighth goal of the season less than five-minutes later to make it a 1-1 tie after one period; Logan McCutcheon and Mitch Prowse picked up the assists on the goal. Lethbridge outshot Edmonton 15-12 in the opening frame.
The pace continued in the second period as the teams traded chances in the tie game. Lethbridge pulled ahead at the 14:52 mark as Ty Nash scored his fourth goal of the season to extend his point-scoring streak to four-straight games as he deflected a Dino Kambeitz point shot; Wheatcroft earned the second assist on the goal. Just 2:40 later, the Oil Kings answered with an equalizing goal as Jalen Luypen on an in-tight two-on-one buried one by Carl Tetachuk to tie the game 2-2 after forty minutes.
In the third period, the Hurricanes were able to kill off a Kambeitz penalty that was issued late in the second period. Shortly after the penalty kill, Nash was assessed a penalty shot – his first of his career – but was unable to slip one by Cossa as the game remained tied 2-2. Edmonton has a few great chances in the middle of the third by Tetachuk stood tall stopping a trio of point-blank chances.
Neither team was able to find a go-ahead goal in the third period as the game went to overtime. Just 21-seconds into the extra session, Williams moved in and ripped home his second goal of the night to give Edmonton a 3-2 overtime victory.
Three stars of the game were the Oil Kings three overage players:
1) Oil Kings – #8 Ethan Cap
2) Oil Kings – #15 Scott Atkinson
3) Oil Kings – #34 Kaid Oliver
The loss for the Hurricanes ended their season with a record of 9-12-3-0-0 on the 24-game schedule. The ‘Canes went 5-4-3-0 on the road this season while posting a 4-8-0-0 record on home ice. The ‘Canes went 1-4-1-0 in six games against the Oil Kings.
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