Lethbridge Hurricanes (2-8-0-1) vs. Edmonton Oil Kings (7-3-0-1)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off a four game road trip Tuesday night in Edmonton against the defending Memorial Cup Champion Oil Kings at Rexall Place, and the ‘Canes stunned the Kings en route to a 2-1 shootout victory on the back of yet another stellar performance from 15-year-old goaltender Stuart Skinner.
The Oil Kings were the better team for much of the first two periods outshooting the Hurricanes by a healthy margin and creating opportunities to score, but Skinner stood tall and the ‘Canes did a good job at staving off the Edmonton attack to not surrender a goal. The Oil Kings outshot the Hurricanes 35-14 through the first two periods.
In the third, the Hurricanes would break through at the 1:50 mark as Carter Folk and Tyler Wong played give-and-go on a two-on-one before Wong made a deke to the backhand and slid the puck past a diving Tristan Jarry to give the ‘Canes a 1-0 lead – the sixth time this season that the Hurricanes have scored the first goal of the game. After the ‘Canes goal, Edmonton began to push back wave after wave until they finally tied the game off the stick of Andrew Koepp who scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season beating a screened Skinner five-hole to equalize. Immediately following the Oil Kings goal, Drake Berehowsky used his 30-second time out to regroup the Hurricanes – a great coaching decision that worked.
The Hurricanes had the best chance to win the game with under a minute left in regulation as Sherwood Park native Taylor Cooper had a breakaway from centre-ice in. Cooper tried to beat Jarry five-hole but the netminder closed the pads in a hurry to see the game head to overtime. Neither team would score in overtime despite both teams have three shots on net as the game went to a shootout.
In the shootout, Jamal Watson scored the lone goal in the second round of the shootout before Skinner stopped Edgars Kulda to preserve the victory for the Hurricanes, 2-1 in the shootout – and their first road win of the season.
Edmonton outshot the Hurricanes 47-28 on the night. Both teams failed to score on the power play as Lethbridge went 0/3 while Edmonton went 0/2.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (46 saves)
2) Oil Kings – #15 Andrew Koepp – (1G)
3) Oil Kings – #30 Tristan Jarry – (26 saves)
The Hurricanes are now 2-8-0-1 on the season and continue their four game road trip on Friday night when the kick off a three-in-three weekend through Saskatchewan. The Hurricanes will play Friday in Saskatoon, Saturday in Prince Albert, and Sunday in Regina.