EDMONTON - The Hurricanes erased a 3-0 deficit to tie the game, but the Oil Kings ended up holding on for a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon at Rexall Place.
The home town Oil Kings would get off to a solid start in this late afternoon contest against the Hurricanes. First it was Curtis Lazar who beat Ty Rimmer with a wrist shot late on an Edmonton power play. That gave the Oil Kings a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later Edmonton would strike again. Dylan Wruck's shot beat a screened Rimmer between the hash marks to give the home team a 2-0 lead. That held up for the rest of the period as Edmonton would take the two goal leading into the dressing room through 20 minutes of play. Edmonton out shot the Canes 16-6.
In the second, the Oil Kings would extend their lead. Edgars Kulda moved in and put a nifty backhander over Ty Rimmer to give the Oil Kings a 3-0 lead. The Hurricanes would then mount a huge comeback. On a 5-on-3 power play, Captain Graham Hood, who missed the last few weeks with a hand injury scored his 4th of the season to cut the Edmonton lead to 3-1. A few minutes later, Jaimen Yakubowski would get the Canes to within one when he scored on the power play for his 12th goal of the season. That cut the Edmonton lead to 3-2. Prior to this game, the Oil Kings had given up just 9 power play goals against all season. Less than two minutes after that, Yakubowski would get hooked back on a partial breakaway shorthanded and he would be awarded a penalty shot. Yakubowski moved in on the penalty shot, his shot was was stopped by Tristan Jarry, but the puck roll up his arm, down his back and in the net for the game tying goal. That would be Yakubowski's second of the game and 13th of the season. That goal evened the game at 3-3. Edmonton would regain the one goal lead late when Curtis Lazar scored his second of the game on the power play to give Oil Kings a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes. The shots were 32-19 Edmonton.
In the third, neither team was able to light the red lamp and the Oil Kings would skate away with a narrow 4-3 victory. Edmonton out shot the Canes 35-24 in this game. The Canes went 2/4 on the power play as well as one shorthanded goal and Edmonton finished the game 2/6. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 14-14-1-3 on the season. To this point in the season, the Hurricanes have played 32 games, the most of any team in the Western Hockey League.
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Our weekly Hurricanes radio show is back on the air Monday night (Dec. 3) on CJOC. With the Hurricanes hitting the official halfway point in the season within the next week, it's time to bring back the Media Roundtable to discuss the first part of this season and a look ahead to the second half which includes the WHL's trade deadline in one month and a fair number of road games for the Canes as well. In fact after this next home stand, the Hurricanes will have played 23 home games compared to just 15 on the road so for this season. Paul Kingsmith from Global TV and Dylan Purcell from the Lethbridge Herald will join Fred Jack and I on the program. The show starts at 7:00 pm MST on CJOC.
The Hurricanes head back home now for their next 6 games through the WHL's Christmas break. The Canes host Edmonton on Wednesday (Dec. 5), while Medicine Hat comes to next Friday and then the Kootenay ICE provide the opposition Saturday for the Hurricanes annual teddy bear toss game. Lethbridge will also host Kelowna, Kamloops, and Regina before taking off 9 days for the annual break. The Hurricanes don't play again on the road till Decdember 28th in Calgary. This will also mark the 3rd 6 game home stand for the Canes in the last 3 months.