LETHBRIDGE - Ty Rimmer put on a sensational goaltending performance, but it wasn't enough as the Edmonton Oil Kings beat the Hurricanes 3-0 Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
It didn't take long to see the first goal of the game in this one. Just over a minute in, Curtis Lazar powered to the Hurricanes goal and slid the puck under a falling Ty Rimmer to open the scoring on the Oil Kings first shot of the game. That gave Edmonton a quick 1-0 lead. After that Rimmer stole the show. Edmonton came on strong for the entire period, but Rimmer was up for the challenge, stopping everything else he faced. When the buzzer sounded, the Oil Kings had out shot the Hurricanes 22-6. The Canes had a few late chances in the first period, but not much to show.
In the second, the Oil Kings would keep it coming, but again it was all Ty Rimmer. Edmonton continued to throw everything they could at the Lethbridge goal. Rimmer came back with save, after save, after outstanding save to keep his team in it. Despite being heavily outplayed, the Hurricanes still trailed 1-0 after two periods of play. Rimmer received a near standing ovation from the ENMAX Centre for his play after the period came to a close. Edmonton out shot the Canes 43-14.
In the third, Ednonton kept rolling. The Oil Kings ended up getting a power play midway through the period and they would find the equalizer when TJ Foster's shot went off a leg or two out in front the Canes goal and beat Rimmer to give Edmonton a 2-0 lead. Before the end of the game, the Oil Kings would add one more off the stick of Henrik Samuelsson to make it a 3-0 hockey game and that's the way things would finish up. The Hurricanes were out shot 60-20, but Ty Rimmer was outstanding and gave the Hurricanes a chance. He was the game's first star and more than deserving of the honour. The Hurricanes have only been able to muster one goal in their past two games.
The loss drops the Canes early season record to 1-2 while Edmonton improves to a perfect 3-0.
The Hurricanes were shorthanded on the backend Wednesday. With Dan Johnston still sidelined till this weekend and now Ryan Pilon nursing an inury, the Canes dressed only three veteran D against the Oil Kings: Galbraith, Erkamps, and Blomqvist.
KESSY GETS A DOZEN
medicine Hat's Kale Kessy got nailed with a 12 games suspension Wednesday afternoon for his hit to the head of Hurricanes rookie defenceman Ryan Pilon last weekend in the Hat. Pilon left the game and is listed as being out indefinately. Kessy is a repeat offender and since 2009, he's been suspended a total of 26 times in 7 incidents.
The Hurricanes next action is Saturday (Sept. 29) when they hit the road to Cranbrook for a game against the Kootenay ICE. Game time 7:00 pm (MDT) with the pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Hurricanes will play in the U.S. next weekend with games in Tri-City and Spokane. Their next home game isn't until October 9th when they host Prince Albert.