Lethbridge Hurricanes (36-12-0-0) vs. Edmonton Oil Kings (19-23-6-1)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up a five game home stand with an exclamation point as they picked up a 3-0 shutout victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings for their 10th straight victory.
Stuart Skinner made 34 saves for his second consecutive shutout and third of the season. He hasn’t allowed a goal in 152:24 minutes of action. Giorgio Estephan extended his point scoring streak to 14 games with a goal while Brayden Burke continued his roll with an assist in the game.
The ‘Canes didn’t take long to find the net as just 1:17 into the game Estephan potted his 27th goal of the season on a power play to make it 1-0 as he slipped it through the legs of Oil Kings starter Payton Lee – Burke picked up an assist on the goal while newcomer Colton Kroeker earned his first point as a ‘Cane on the goal. The goal on the power play snapped a 0/13 span. Hurricanes were outshot 11-7 in the opening period.
Skinner was great in the second period making countless big saves as he stopped all eight Edmonton shots in the period. Hurricanes directed six on Lee and found the back of the net as Kord Pankewicz blast home a power play goal at the 11:11 mark of the second to make it 2-0 – Arvin Atwal, who returned to the line-up after sitting out Saturday’s game with a nagging injury, and Cory Millette picked up the helpers on the goal.
In the third, Edmonton came out strong looking to cut the lead in half but could not solve Skinner who was dialed in. The Oil Kings directed 15 shots on Skinner in the final twenty minutes and the 17-year-old turned them all aside. Hurricanes iced it with 3:15 left in the game as Egor Babenko scored an empty net goal to make it 3-0 – Tyler Wong and Skinner picked up the assists on the empty-net goal.
The Hurricanes were outshot 34-21 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes went 2/6 on the power play while Edmonton went 0/5 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (34 saves, 1 assist, 4th career shutout)
2) ‘Canes – #20 Kord Pankewicz – (1 goal)
3) Oil Kings – #13 Brandon Baddock
The ‘Canes have now won ten straight games and are 16-1-0-0 in their last 17 games. The ‘Canes have not lost in 2016 and sit with an overall record of 36-12-0-0 on the season.
The Hurricanes open a three game BC Division road trip on Friday when they visit the Victoria Royals at 8:00pm mountain time.
(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)