For the second game in a row, the final 10 minutes of the third period proved to be the difference as the Edmonton Oil Kings scored four times to beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-0 Saturday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Canes had a great first period in this hockey game and came out with some fire against a team they beat a few weeks ago at Rexall Place. Despite being the much better team in the opening 20 minutes, there was no scoring as Tristan Jarry stopped all 17 shots the Hurricanes directed his way, including a penalty shot from Taylor Copper.
In the second, the play started to even out as the Oil Kings found a little bit of life. The Hurricanes though still had the best chance, on what was their second penalty shot of the game, this time Jamal Watson missed the net and the game remained scoreless through two periods of play.
The game stayed at 0-0 until midway through the third period, when the Oil Kings scored four times. The eventual game winner came off the stick of Brett Pollock at the 11:21 mark to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead and break the scoreless tie. Four minutes later the Oil Kings added some insurance when Aaron Irving stepped right of the penalty box, picked up the loose puck at centre ice and moved in on a breakaway and beat Zac Robidoux to make it 2-0.
The Hurricanes pulled the goalie late, but Edmonton's Tyler Robertson scored into an empty net to seal the victory for Edmonton. The visitors did get one more in the final seconds. Ashton Sautner fired a shot by Robidoux from the point with 7 seconds left and that would be it. Edmonton blanked the Hurricanes 4-0.
Edmonton out shot the Hurricanes 34-32. The difference in this game was a double-edged sword for Lethbridge. The Canes not only had two penalty shots which they failed to score on, but also seven power plays, including a lengthy two-man advantage early in the third period. Tristan Jarry stole the show as well, especially in that first period when the Hurricanes were all over the Oil Kings.
The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 5-10-3-1 on the season. The Canes are not in last place in the WHL standings, but those 5 victories are the lowest wins total in the league right now. The Hurricanes have earned four points with losses in either the shoot out or overtime this season.
The Hurricanes next action is on the road in Red Deer on Friday (Nov. 14) when they play the Rebels for the first time this season. The Canes return home Saturday (Nov. 15) when they host Kootenay.