Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes began a two-game homestand on Wednesday with a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings.
The Hurricanes added Alex Cotton to the line-up for the game as he was returned by the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Cotton and the ‘Canes were held scoreless in the first period as it was a bit of a sloppy stanza as both teams attempted to find their stride early. The Hurricanes had a pair of power plays in the opening frame as Jakub Demek was penalized twice but the Oil Kings penalty kill was able to keep the top-ranked WHL power play from chipping in as the game was scoreless after one period. Lethbridge outshot Edmonton 7-6 in the first period.
The game picked up with chances at both sides in the second period as the ‘Canes best chance as a goal-post by Justin Hall midway through as he ripped one by Sebastian Cossa but couldn’t find the net. Carter Souch had a breakaway opportunity shortly thereafter by Bryan Thomson made a huge glove save to keep the game scoreless. Before the end of the period, the Oil Kings were able to get the icebreaker as Jalen Luypen scored a shorthanded goal with just one second left in the frame to make it 1-0 Edmonton after forty minutes of play.
In the third period, the ‘Canes started with a power play but were once again unable to capitalize with the extra man. Lethbridge tied the game at the 8:01 mark as Yegor Klavdiev snuck a wrist shot by Cossa for his third of the season to make it 1-1; Alex Cotton earned the lone assist on the game-tying goal. Edmonton once again pulled ahead however as Logan Dowhaniuk buried a rebound with 2:18 left in the game to make it a 2-1 Oil Kings lead. The Hurricanes pulled the goaltender but failed to tie the game as the Oil Kings hung on for the victory.
The were outshot 9-7 in the third period while outshot 29-24 in the contest. Lethbridge went 0/4 on the power play while Edmonton was 0/2 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Oil Kings – #33 Sebastian Cossa (23-saves)
2) Oil Kings – #24 Logan Dowhaniuk (1 goal)
3) ‘Canes – #30 Bryan Thomson (27-saves)
The loss for the Hurricanes drops their record to 2-1-0-0 on the season. Lethbridge is now 1-1-0-0 on the year at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes will welcome the Red Deer Rebels to the ENMAX Centre on Saturday at 7:00pm. Tickets for the game can be purchased by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre, the Yates Memorial Theatre Ticket Centre, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or online at www.lethbridgehurricanes.com.