LETHBRIDGE - Sam McKechnie scored twice as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 6-2 Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
This game remained scoreless until just past the midway point in the period when the Hurricanes got things going with a pair of quick goals. Russ Maxwell would score his team-leading 16th goal of the season when he tipped a Ryan Pilon point shot which beat Laurent Brossoit to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Just 17 seconds later, the Canes would get another one. Off the draw at centre ice Jamal Watson moved in a snapped home his 9th goal of the season to give Lethbridge a quick 2-0 lead. That's the way the period would end. The Hurricanes held the edge in shots 10-7.
In the second, the Cane Train would keep rolling with two more goals. Sam McKechnie notched his 13th of the season to make it 3-0 Lethbridge and just over a minute later Jay Merkley would get in on the action with his 13th of the season as well to give the Hurricanes a comfortable 4-0 lead. That would be it for Edmonton's starting goalie Laurent Brossoit. He would be pulled in favout of Tristan Jarry for the rest of the night. The Canes weren't done there. With 8 seconds to go, Sam McKechnie burst out on a breakaway and he would roof a shot on Jarry to make it 5-0 Lethbridge. That was his 2nd of the night and 14th of the season. The Hurricanes would take that lead into the dressing through 40 minutes of play. Lethbridge out shot Edmonton 22-18 in the game.
In the third, the Oil Kings would break Ty Rimmer's shutout bid when Curtis Lazar tipped the puck past him to cut the Canes lead to 5-1. Lazar would get another one a few minutes later to make it a 5-2 hockey game, but Lethbridge would seal the game up when highly-touted prospect Giorgio Estephan hammered home his first-ever goal in the Western Hockey League on a late 3rd period power play to make it 6-2 Hurricanes and that's the way the things would end. The victory improves the Hurricanes to 15-14-1-3 on the season. The Canes finished the night 2/5 on the power play and Edmonton was 0/5 with the man advantage.
HURRICANES CALL UP GIORGIO ESTEPHAN
The Hurricanes called up their top pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft Wednesday. Forward Giorgio Estephan played his first-ever WHL regular season game. Estephan is 3rd on team scoring with the Edmonton South Side Athletic Club and top 10 in scoring in that league. He has 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points in 17 games. Estephan is the only 1997 born player on his team.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue this home stand on Friday (Dec. 7) as they play host to rival Medicine Hat. The two teams have split their 4 previous meetings. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Hurricanes will also host the Kootenay ICE Saturday (Dec. 8) for their annual teddy bear toss game.