LETHBRIDGE - Laurent Brossoit stopped all 45 shots he faced as the Edmonton Oil Kings shut out the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-0 Thursday night at the ENMAX Centre.
Lethbridge got off to a decent start in thhis game, but it would be the visitors who would open the scoring. Almost 4 minutes in, Mitch Moroz got his stick on the puck during a scramble in front of the Lethbridge goal and he would knock the puck by Ty Rimmer giving Edmonton a 1-0 lead. The Hurricanes had some solid scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes too as they out shot the Oil Kings 19-12. Laurent Brossoit was very good between the pipes for Edmonton.
In the second, the Hurricanes thought they had tied the game on a power play, but the referee behind the goal blew the play down, eventhough the Edmonton goalie did not have the puck covered. It went off the inside of Brossoit's pad and in. So a quick whistle prevented the Lethbridge Hurricanes from evening up the score. Edmonton killed off that penalty and then a few minutes later scored to take a 2-0 lead when Klarc Wilson's shot beat Rimmer. Edmonton would take that two goal lead into the dressing room after 40 minutes. Lethbridge held the edge in shots 34-28.
In the third, the Hurricanes continued pumping rubber at Brossoit, but the Edmonton goaltender didn't break in this one. The Oil Kings would score twice more before the final buzzer, both by Stephane Legault and the Oil Kings would take home a 4-0 victory. Laurent Brossoit was excellent in the Edmonton goal earning the shut out as the Canes out shot the Oil Kings 45-34. Lethbridge finished the game 0/6 on the power play and the Oil Kings 0/2. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 19-18-1-4 on the season.
The Hurricanes will play the second game of this 4 game home stand on Saturday when they host the Swift Current Broncos. This will be the 4th and final meeting of the season between these two clubs, with Lethbridge winning all 3 previous games including a 6-4 comeback win in Swift Current on New Year's Day. The Hurricanes erased a 4-1 3rd period deficit in that one and scored 5 times in the final 15 minutes to win it. Game time from the ENMAX Centre Saturday (Jan. 5) is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Canes will host Moose Jaw Sunday (Jan. 6) and Vancouver comes to town next Wednesday (Jan. 9).