EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oil Kings score four power play goals on nine chances as they easily skated past the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-1 Sunday afternoon.
A fairly good opening period for Lethbridge against the top-ranked Edmonton Oil Kings. The home team would open the scoring in this game though, when Trevor Cheek knocked the puck by Canes goalie Chris Tai giving Edmonton a 1-0 lead. That didn't last long. Just 25 seconds later, Lethbridge would respond. Josh Derko, in just his 3rd game with his new team would even the game with his 5th of the season when he fired a shot by a screened Laurent Brossoit. That got the Hurricanes back to even terms. Late in the period, Edmonton took the lead again when Dysin Mayo jumped up from the point, took a feed from Henrik Samuelsson and scored his first-even WHL goal, giving Edmonton a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes play. The Oil Kings held a 13-9 edge in shots.
In the second, the Oil Kings would blow things open as the league's number one power play team would get back to business in a big way. Dylan Wruck would score once and Michael St. Croix added two more, all with the man advanatge. St. Croix's second goal was on a 5-on-3 power play. The Hurricanes were given two penalties on the same play, putting them down two men. That put Edmonton ahead 5-1. In the final minute of play, Edmonton would score again. Henrik Samuelsson beat Chris Tai, giving the Oil Kings a commanding 6-1 lead after 40 minutes. Tai was bombarded with shots in this game as Edmonton held a sizeable 32-12 edge.
In the third, the Canes would give Ty Rimmer a nod in goal. The Oil Kings would score once more before the final buzzer when Brandon Baddock snapped a shot by Rimmer, making it 7-1 Oil Kings. With 2 minutes remaining in the game, 3 fights broke out, including a scrap between the two goaltenders, Ty Rimmer and Laurent Brossoit went at it right at centre ice. A number of penalties were assessed to both teams and Hurricanes Head Coach Rich Preston was ejected for the rest of the game. Edmonton would easily win 7-1 and heavily out shot Lethbridge 46-23. The Oil Kings power play was deadly, going 4/9 while Canes went 0/4.
The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 23-22-1-7 on the season, still in 5th place in the Eastern Conference and one point ahead on Swift Current. The Broncos have 3 games in hand.
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Our weekly Hurricanes radio show is back on the air Monday evening for the final time in January. We bring back the Media Roundtable. Paul Kingsmith from Global TV and Dylan Purcell from the Lethbridge Herald will join Fred Jack and myself. The show starts at 7:00 pm MST on CJOC.
The Hurricanes have wrapped up the January portion of their schedule and will now turn their attention to a busy month of February with 10 games, 4 at home and 6 on the road. The Canes are the back home Friday (Feb.1 ) when they host the Red Deer Rebels. This will be the first visit by the Rebels to Lethbridge this season. The Canes will hit the road Saturday to Cranbrook for a date with the Kootenay ICE then it's off to Saskatchewan and Manitoba for the entire first week of the February. The Hurricanes will then have a stretch mid-month where they play just once in 12 days, giving most other teams who have games in hand a chance to catch up. At the end of the month it's on the bus again heading out to Vancouver Island and the B.C. Okanagan. A very busy month as the Hurricanes get into the final quarter of this WHL season.