LETHBRIDGE - Edgars Kulda had a four point night as the Edmonton Oil Kings won their 6th straight game, defeating the Lethbridge Hurricanes 8-0 Saturday night.
Not a good opening period for the hometown Lethbridge Hurricanes in this game. Edmonton scored a pair of goals to get on the score board. Brett Pollock opened the scoring just over 6 minutes into the hockey game. He took a nice drop pass from Edgers Kulda and roofed a shot over the glove of Jonny Hogue to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. Before the end of the period the Oil Kings would add to their lead when Riley Kieser cashed in a rebound in front of the Lethbridge goal. That gave the visitors a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. The Hurricanes had trouble generating any offence in the first period as Edmonton out shot the Canes 11-3.
In the second, the Oil Kings would pick up right where they left off in the first. This time a pair of quick goals 1:30 apart. Edgers Kulda was sprung free on a breakaway while the Oil Kings were killing a penalty and he scored to make it 3-0 Edmonton. That was the Oil Kings 6th shorthanded goal of the season. Just over a minute later, Mads Eller stepped out of the penalty box and moved in and scored, beating Jonny Hogue. That made it 4-0 Edmonton. That would be it for Hogue. He surrendered 4 goals on 19 shots, Jarrod Schamerhorm would come in and he was perfect stopping all 10 shots he faced. Again, the Hurricanes were unable to find the back of the net and the Oil Kings would take a 4-0 lead into the dressing room through 40 minutes of play. The shots favoured Edmonton 29-15.
In the third, the Oil Kings would open up the flood gates with four more goals. Reid Petryk and Blake Orban both found the back of net early in the period in a span of less than a minute. That would make it 6-0 Edmonton. The visitors weren't done there. They got two more before the final buzzer sounded. Edgars Kulda snapped home his 2nd goal of the hockey game, beating Schamerhorn to make it 7-0 Edmonton and then before it was said and done Riley Kieser scored his second of the night. That was also a shorthanded goal, Edmonton's second shorty of the game. That made it 8-0 Oil Kings and that's the way this one would end. The loss drops the Canes overall record to 9-32-2-3 in 46 games this season. Edmonton went 0/8 on the power play in this game, but they did score twice shorthanded. Lethbridge finished the night 0/5. The Oil Kings out shot the Canes 41-23.
Hurricanes This Week
Our weekly Hurricanes radio show is back on the air Monday night (Jan. 13). We will bring in the Hurricanes Media Roundtable for the first time in 2014. Joining myself and Fred Jack in-studio will be Paul Kingsmith from Global TV and Dylan Purcell from the Lethbridge Herald. Lots to cover with the trade deadline now past as well as the outlook for the final 8 weeks of the regular season. The show airs at 7:00 pm. As always if you miss a live broadcast you can head the CJOC website the following day and download the program and listen.
The Hurricanes will close out this four game home stand on Tuesday (Jan. 14) when they host the rival Medicine Hat Tigers. This will be the 5th of 8 meeting this season between the two clubs. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. After that, the Canes hit the road for 5 straight games starting next Saturday (Jan. 18) in Red Deer and then it's off to Prince George, Kamloops, Vancouver, and Kelowna.