Lethbridge Hurricanes (18-35-5-3) vs. Edmonton Oil Kings (28-28-4-2)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes returned home for a rare Thursday night game against the Edmonton Oil Kings in a pit stop at the ENMAX Centre and the ‘Canes, who had a 2-0 lead, saw the defending Memorial Cup Champs claw back and win 3-2 in overtime.
The Hurricanes, who are in the midst of a nine game stretch that sees them play in nine different cities, have no lost five straight games, two of those in overtime. The ‘Canes were out shot by a healthy margin throughout the game, but once again Stuart Skinner was tremendous making 45 saves.
The Hurricanes, despite being out shot 20-5 in the first period, led the game 1-0 after one period of play. Giorgio Estephan ripped home his 19th goal of the season from Tyler Wong and Kord Pankewicz at the 2:30 mark of the opening period as he beat Oil Kings’ starter Patrick Dea to the blocker side. Both teams had their chances in the period, but it remained 1-0 after one.
The ‘Canes had a flurry of early power play opportunities in the second period but failed to capitalize, but just seven seconds after a man advantage had expired Ryan Vandervlis scored his second goal of the season at the 8:06 mark – both of Vandervlis’ goals have come against Edmonton – the assists went to Ryley Lindgren and Carter Folk who celebrated his 19th birthday. The ‘Canes were out shot 10-5 in the second period, and 30-10 through two periods.
In the third, the ‘Canes again failed to pot anything on a pair of power plays as the game stayed 2-0. With 11:41 left in regulation, Brandon Ralph moved in on the left side and snapped one by the glove of Skinner to cut the lead to one making the game a 2-1 score. With just over two minutes left in the game, Kade Jensen took a tripping minor resulting on an Edmonton man advantage and they made good as Brett Pollock moved in and rifled one by Skinner to tie the game with 1:48 left in the game – the lone assist went to the goalie Dea.
The two teams would head to overtime and 3:09 into the extra frame, while on a delayed penalty, Edmonton moved up ice and Edgars Kulda ripped one by Skinner’s blocker for the game winning goal on the only shot of overtime.
Edmonton out shot Lethbridge 48-21 in the game. ‘Canes went 0/5 on the power play, while the Oil Kings went 1/6.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (45 saves)
2) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (1 goal)
3) Oil Kings – #37 Dysin Mayo
The Hurricanes will continue the busy stretch of game on Saturday night when they travel to Red Deer to take on the Rebels at ENMAX Centrium before heading out east for a three game in four night trip in Brandon, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert.