Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes welcomed the Edmonton Oil Kings on Thursday in hopes of extending their winning streak to four-straight games but fell 4-0 at the ENMAX Centre.
It was a great start for the Hurricanes who jumped out to an early 8-1 shot advantage. Lethbridge hit four goal posts in the opening frame, including a great chance by Logan Barlage. The Hurricanes pressed with a five-on-three power play opportunity but couldn’t beat Oil Kings netminder Sebastian Cossa. Edmonton struck first with a power play goal of their own as Carson Latimer redirected home his fourth of the season to give the Oil Kings a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes of play. Lethbridge outshot Edmonton 11-5 in the opening period.
The two teams traded chances in the second period as the Oil Kings outshot the Hurricanes 10-9 in the middle frame. Despite the chances, neither team was able to find the net as the game stayed 1-0 for Edmonton after forty minutes of play.
In the third period, the Oil Kings added to their lead as Jayden Henderson scored his first WHL goal at the 7:44 mark to make it 2-0; Carter Souch and Jalen Luypen earned the assists on the tally. Edmonton added two more powerplay goals last as Luypen buried his 11th of the season with 5:22 left before Matthew Robertson found the net in the final second to seal a 4-0 victory for Edmonton.
Shots favoured the Hurricanes 30-27 in the contest. Lethbridge was 0/4 with the extra man while Edmonton was 3/7 with the power play.
Three stars of the game:
1) Oil Kings – #33 Sebastian Cossa (30-save shutout)
2) Oil Kings – #17 Carson Latimer (1 goal)
3) ‘Canes – #27 Logan Barlage
The loss for the Hurricanes ended their season-long three-game winning streak as they fall to 6-7-2-0 on the season. The defeat drops the ‘Canes home-ice record to 4-4-0-0 on the season while are now 0-3-0-0 against the Oil Kings this season. It was the second time this season the Hurricanes have been shutout.
The Hurricanes will visit the Oil Kings on Saturday at the Downtown Community Arena at 7:00pm before welcoming Edmonton back at the ENMAX Centre on Sunday evening at 7:00pm. The games can be streamed on WHL LIVE on the new CHL TV or heard on 106.7 ROCK.