EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oil Kings rattled off five goals in the second period as they embarrased the Lethbridge Hurricanes 12-0 Monday afternoon at Rexall Place.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes were under heavy fire in the opening 5 minutes of this matinee in Edmonton. The Oil Kings struck first on an early power play when Reid Petryk beat goalie Teagan Sacherto make it 1-0 Edmonton. At that time the Oil Kings were out shooting Lethbridge 8-0 just three minutes into the game. The Hurricanes settled down after that until they took another penalty with under five minutes to go in the period and the Oil Kings power play, which has struggled all season long, hit pay dirt for a second time when Curtis Lazar wired a point shot by a screened Sacher to make it 2-0 Edmonton. Before the period came to an end, the Oil Kings would score once more, this time a nice shot by Henrik Samuelsson gave the home team a big 3-0 after 20 minutes of play. The shots end up close, 12-10 Oil Kings.
In the second, the Oil Kings kept the offence coming. The Hurricanes were unable to clear the puck when Henrik Samuelsson kept it in, dropped it back to Brett Pollock and he hammered a shot by Sacher to make it 4-0 Edmonton. A few minutes later the penalty trouble would continue for the Canes. Edmonton would get a 5-on-3 power play when Ashton Sautner beat Teagan Sacher. That made it 5-0 Edmonton. The Oil Kings kept it coming. Mads Eller got in on the action to make it 6-0. That was it for Teagan Sacher who surrendered 6 goals on 20 shots. Jonny Hogue came in and the Oil Kings got to him too. The Hurricanes ended up taking back-to-back-to-back penalties, putting Edmonton on two 5-on-3 power plays for two full minutes each and the home team would score on both. Mitch Moroz scored to make it 7-0 and then Henrik Samuelsson got his 2nd of the afternoon to put Edmonton ahead 8-0 after 40 minutes of play. The shots favoured the Oil Kings 33-16.
In the third, Edmonton made it 9-0 early in the period when Edgars Kulda beat Jonny Hogue. They would keep racking up the goals after that too. Mitch Moroz scored his second of the game to make it 10-0. Brett Pollock then notched his second of the afternoon to put Edmonton ahead 11-0 and before the end of the game Curtis Lazar potted his second of the game and this one ended 12-0. It was an ugly one at Rexall Place for the Hurricanes. Edmonton's 11 goals and 6 power play goals were both team records. Edmonton went 6/11 on the power play and Lethbridge 0/3. The Oil Kings out shot the Canes 53-25. The loss dropped the Canes overall record to 12-44-2-3 in 61 games this season.
The Hurricanes are down to their final 11 games and play 5 of their next 6 away from the ENMAX Centre. The Canes return home Wednesday (Feb. 19) to host the visiting Vancouver Giants. This will be the second and final meeting of the season between the two teams. The last time the Canes faced the Giants was a month ago on the coast and Vancouver won a very lopsided game beating thee Hurricanes 10-0. Game time Wednesday is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Canes will then play their next 5 on the road over the course of only 8 days including games in Medicine Hat, Regina, Brandon, Moose Jaw, and Swift Current.