Edmonton, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up a three-in-three weekend on Sunday afternoon at ROGERS Place in Edmonton with a 7-2 victory over the Oil Kings.
The Hurricanes saw Edmonton take it to them early in the game as expected. The Oil Kings were able to jump out to an early 1-0 lead as Colton Kehler scored his ninth of the season 3:39 into the game as he beat Reece Klassen with a sharp-angled shot from the right corner that snuck its way in. Edmonton made it 2-0 at the 12:12 mark as Brian Harris redirected a Kehler pass to put the Oil Kings up a pair. The ‘Canes cut the lead in half with 24.7 seconds left in the opening frame as Taylor Ross snapped home his fourth of the season on a power play to make it 2-1; Dylan Cozens and Calen Addison earned the assists on the goal. The ‘Canes were outshot 11-6 in the first period.
The Hurricanes exploded for five goals in the second period, four of them on the power play. The ‘Canes tied the game as Ross banged home his second of the day to make it 2-2; Giorgio Estephan and Addison picked up the assists. The ‘Canes took their first lead as Jordy Bellerive scored his 16th of the season at the 9:39 mark to make it a 3-2 Lethbridge lead. Lethbridge struck again on the power play as Cozens netted his first in ten games on a rebound to make it 4-2. Estephan scored his 13th of the year with a five-on-three power play put the ‘Canes 5-2 Lethbridge. Bellerive struck again with a fantastic snap shot for his second of the period to make it 6-2 after forty minutes of play. The ‘Canes outshot the Oil Kings 19-5 in the middle frame.
The Hurricanes added to their lead in the third period as Zane Franklin redirected a Brennan Riddle point shot to make it 7-2 ‘Canes 7:44 into the final frame; Estephan picked up his fifth point of the game on the goal. Tate Olson had an opportunity to score his first of the season, but hit the goal post as the game ended 7-2 for the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes outshot the Oil Kings 13-4 in the third period and 38-20 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes dominated the special teams as well going 5/7 with the extra man and 6/6 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan (1 goal, 4 assists)
2) ‘Canes – #2 Calen Addison (5 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #8 Taylor Ross (2 goals)
The win was the ‘Canes sixth victory in their last seven games and pulls them back to the five-hundred mark as they now sit with a 13-13-1-0 record on the season. It was also the Hurricanes fourth straight road victory as they take four out of a possible six points on the three-in-three weekend.
The Hurricanes return to action on Wednesday when they welcome the Red Deer Rebels at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm. Tickets for the game can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.