LETHBRIDGE - The Edmonton Oil Kings scored twice in the first period as they beat the struggling Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 Sunday night at the ENMAX Centre.
After taking two and a half periods to get the first goal between Lethbridge and Edmonton on Friday, it took only four minutes for the red lamp to light in this one. Brandon Baddock was sent free at centre ice and he beat Corbin Boes over the blocker to make it 1-0 Edmonton. Just past the midway point in the period, Edmonton would strike again, this time on a two-on-one. Brett Pollock with a great shot over the glove of Boes. That gave the visitors a 2-0 lead just over 10 minutes into the first period. The Oil Kings would get a few more solid chances later in the period, but Boes was able to keep the puck out. The Canes had a couple of chances as well, but when it was al,l said and done the Oil Kings would hold an 18-7 edge in shots on goal.
In the second, the Oil Kings came out of the gate strong peppering Boes with shots, but the Canes kept battling back and finally got themselves back into the contest. Riley Sheen extended his point streak to four games when he passed the puck to Brady Ramsay and he beat Tristan Jarry for his 8th goal of the season. That cut the Edmonton lead to 2-1. The Oil Kings though got that back before the end of the period when Edgars Kulda banked a shot off a Lethbridge player on the power play to give the Oil Kings a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. The Oil Kings held a sizable edge in shots, 32-12.
In the third, the Canes would chip away at the Oil Kings and make it a one goal game for the second time on the night. Reid Duke with a great effort in front of the Edmonton goal would score his 2nd of the season. That cut the Edmonton lead to 3-2. That goal also gave the Canes some much needed energy in the final 8 minutes. The Hurricanes pressed hard for the tying goal, but it wouldn't happen as Edmonton would hold on for a 3-2 victory. Edmonton out shot Lethbridge 41-21 on the night. The Canes went 1/6 on the power play and the Oil Kings 1/3. The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 3-22-2-2. They have just one victory in their last 17 games.
Russ Maxwell missed his second straight game with a lower body injury. Taylor Cooper is coming along very well I'm told after crashing heavily into the end boards against Everett just over a week go. He might be back in the next week or so. Bryton Sayers is also out a couple weeks with an upper body injury.
Hurricanes This Week
Our first show of December is on the radio Monday night (Dec. 2) on 94.1 CJOC. Joining myself and Fred Jack will be Hurricanes Business Manager Terry Huisman, Canes defenceman Nick Walters, and Calgary Hitmen play-by-play Voice Brad Curle. We have three shows this month leading up to the WHL's annual Christmas break. Shows will air December 2, 9, and 16. After that the next show isn't scheduled until January 6, 2014.
The Hurricanes have an extremely busy month of December leading up to the Christmas break. They play 9 games between now and December 17th. The schedule includes 3 games in 4 nights this week with a visit to Swift Current on Wednesday (Dec. 4), back home Friday (Dec. 6) to host the Prince Albert Radiers, and then Saturday (Dec. 7) back on the road again to play in Calgary. The following week is a hectic one for the Hurricanes as they play 5 games in 6 days, which includes three at home and two on the road. The Canes next action is this coming Wednesday in Swift Current. Game time is 6:00 pm. The pre-game show on CJOC at 5:30.