LETHBRIDGE - The Lethbridge Hurricanes dropped their 5th straight hockey game as the Edmonton Oil Kings came into the ENMAX Centre and skated out with a 5-1 victory.
The Oil Kings came out guns a blazing in this game. Edmonton scored twice before the game was barely four minutes old. A power play goal by Matt Moroz opened the scoring for Edmonton and that was followed right after by a goal courtesy of T.J. Foster. The Oil Kings had a 2-0 lead very early and had out shot Lethbridge 5-0 at that point. The Canes settled down nicely after Coach Rich Preston called an early timeout. The Hurricanes had a few good scoring chances as the period went on, but that's the way the first frame would end. Edmonton out shot Lethbridge 18-11.
In the second, the Oil Kings would go ahead 3-0 on another power play goal. Michael St. Croix hammered a shot over the blocker shoulder of Anderson and into the top of the net to make it 3-0 for the visitors. Before the end of the period, the Oil Kings would add to their lead. Rhett Rachiski took a feed from Klarc Wilson right out of the penalt box, deeking out Anderson making 4-0 Edmonton. That's the way the period would end. Edmonton held the edge in shots 30-16 after 40 minutes.
In the third, the Canes would finally get on the scoreboard. Cam Braes stepped out from behind the Edmonton goal and roofed a shot into the top of the net to make it 4-1 Edmonton. That was Braes' 4th goal of the season and broke the shutout bid for Brossoit. Edmonton would get that one back when Klarc Wilson fired a wrist shot by Anderson to put ahead 5-1. That would be it. The Canes would drop their 5th straight game with this loss and see their record fall to 2-5-0-1 on the season. Edmonton slightly out shot the Hurricanes 39-38, but it was the power play stats that really stand out in this game. The Canes finished the night 0/11 with the man advantage and Edmonton went 2/6. Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore said on the CJOC post-game show that this team is in a "funk" and they need to find a spark to change things around. He also stated the Canes need more out of the veterans, especially when it comes to discipline.
The Hurricanes played again without a number of players out due to injury. The most prominent include Brody Sutter, Jay Merkley, and Reid Jackson. All three players missed their second straight game. Head Coach and G.M. Rich Preston said on the pre-game show he expects all three to be back with in the next week.
The Hurricanes will hit the road again, this time it's on the bus and up to Red Deer for a game against the Rebels Wednesday night. This will be the first of six meetings between the two teams this season. Game time Wednesday from Red Deer is 7:00 pm (MDT). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30.
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