Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-1-0-1) @ Edmonton Oil Kings (2-0-1-0)
It’s the first regular-season matchup between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oil Kings as the Hurricanes visit Rogers Place for Edmonton’s second home game of the year. Edmonton comes in after a loss on Friday night to Calgary in overtime. Lethbridge and Edmonton almost met each other in the playoffs last year, but unfortunately, the Hurricanes lost in 7 games in the first round to the Calgary Hitmen.
Todd Scott will tend the net for the Oil Kings once again as he has now started 3 out of the last 4 games, Scott is currently 1-0-1 on the season coming into the game with a win against Red Deer and an overtime loss against Calgary. Bryan Thomson will get the start for the Hurricanes, he is playing his second game of the year, recently getting a win over the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Lethbridge jumped all over Edmonton at the start of this one, controlling the play right from the beginning of the game, they would be awarded for it. 9 minutes into the first period Dino Kambeitz would put one past Scott while Alex Cotton and Justin Hall would get the assists. They would take that lead into the intermission of a very uneventful first period. Lethbridge would hold a shot clock advantage of 10-5 over Edmonton after one.
The Oil Kings as they’ve done all year, answered back after coming out of the locker room playing much better. Whatever was said during the intermission worked as it only took 90 seconds for the Oil Kings to even the game as Carter Souch would send a puck over to Vladimir Alistrov who would put it behind Thomson bringing this game all square.
Edmonton would get a chance on the powerplay after a Koletrane Wilson checking to the head penalty, however, Lethbridge was the team that would strike as Buffalo Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens would make the Oil Kings pay short-handed, giving the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead with 10:52 left in the second period. Lethbridge looked to take the lead into the second period before Riley Sawchuk and his line would strike again as they continue their hot start to the season. Jake Neighbours and Josh Williams would get assists on the play with 22 seconds left in the second period. The two teams would skate into the period tied at 2, both teams would send 12 shots on net.
Dylan Cozens would open the scoring in the third period, putting his second of the game behind Scott. Oliver Okuliar would get the apple on the Cozens goal that would give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead with 7:28 left in the game. Edmonton while trailing would put the Hurricanes on the powerplay with just under 4 minutes to play. Oliver Okuliar this time would be the one putting the puck in the back of the net, assisted by Calen Addison and Dylan Cozens giving the Hurricanes a late insurance goal.
The Cozens line handled the Oil Kings all night and wouldn’t be done just yet. This time Calen Addison would be the one to get the goal, assisted once again by Dylan Cozens who enjoyed himself a 4 point night.
Lethbridge would handle the Oil Kings in this one, skating to a 5-2 victory as they also outshot the Oil Kings 30-26, the difference-maker in this game was special teams as not only did the Hurricanes go 2/4 on the powerplay, they also scored a short-handed goal on Edmonton’s powerplay.
Edmonton will now go out on a 5-game Saskatchewan/Manitoba road trip starting Wednesday, October 2nd in Swift Current.
- Dylan Cozens
- Oliver Okuliar
- Riley Sawchuk
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