Lethbridge Hurricanes (23-11-0-0) vs. Edmonton Oil Kings (13-19-3-0)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes continued their season long six game pre-Christmas road trip and the ‘Canes picked up a 3-1 win at Rexall Place over the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Stuart Skinner was once again outstanding in the game making 35 saves as he improved to 4-1-0-0 lifetime in his hometown. Two goals in a span of two minutes in the first period was the difference for the Hurricanes in the game.
It was a feeling out process early in the first period as both teams were a touch tentative to start the game. The ‘Canes had an early power play in the game but could not capitalize on the man advantage. However, the ‘Canes did open the scoring at the 11:26 mark as Barrett Sheen jumped on a rebound off a Brett Davis shot to make it 1-0 – Jordy Bellerive picked up the second assist on the play to snap a nine game pointless drought. Two minutes later the ‘Canes got a lucky bounce as Ryley Lindgren picked up his 15th of the season as he centered the puck and it deflected off of Oil Kings defenseman Ben Carroll and passed goaltender Patrick Dea to make it 2-0. The ‘Canes outshot the Oil Kings 10-8.
The Oil Kings picked up their game in the second period as they outshot the Hurricanes 16-9 in the middle frame. Both teams traded continuous zone time early in the period before Edmonton began to take control. The Hurricanes Andrew Nielsen was assessed a two-minute penalty for high sticking and the OK’s pressed and right as the penalty expired would find the back of the net to make it 2-1 as Dysin Mayo let fly with a wrist shot that found it’s way passed a screened Stuart Skinner. The ‘Canes while shorthanded saw Skinner come up with his best stop of the game as he stopped Brandon Baddock to keep the ‘Canes in front after two periods of play.
Edmonton continued to play a strong hockey game but just could find any offence. Skinner remained tall in the ‘Canes crease making 12 third period saves as the OK’s outshot the ‘Canes 12-8 in the final period. The Oil Kings pulled the goalie late in hopes of manufacturing a game tying goal by with 9.9 seconds left in the hockey game Nielsen would score an empty net goal for the second consecutive game to give the ‘Canes a 3-1 victory – Justin Gutierrez and Tyler Wong picked up the helpers on the empty net goal.
The Hurricanes were outshot 36-27 in the contest. The ‘Canes went 0/6 on the power play but were a perfect 3/3 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (35 saves)
2) Oil Kings – #37 Dysin Mayo – (1 goal)
3) Oil Kings – #1 Patrick Dea – (24 saves)
The win for the Hurricanes improves their road record to 10-8-0-0 on the season and their overall record to 23-11-0-0 on the season. The Hurricanes remain in first place in the Eastern Conference in a three-way tie with the Red Deer Rebels and the Calgary Hitmen.
Hurricanes face the Rebels tomorrow night at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centrium to conclude their six game trip.