The Edmonton Oil Kings (13-19-3) took to Rexall Place ice on Friday night to take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes (23-11-0) in hopes of snapping a recent four-game slide to get back in the win column, but the Eastern Conference-leading Hurricanes bested the home side with the eventual 3-1 win. The high-scoring Hurricanes lead the League with 142 goals, but the Oil Kings managed their offensive threat throughout the game. Patrick Dea made 24 saves (on 26 shots) in the close contest in front of 4,994 fans.
The Hurricanes got on the board twice in the first period after left-winger Barrett Sheen opened up the scoring at 11:26 in the first frame and centreman Ryley Lindgren found the back of the net at 13:26.
The second period boasted plenty of action on both ends of the ice. The Oil Kings got on the board when Alternate Captain Dysin Mayo (assisted by Brett Pollock and Lane Bauer) cut the lead at 11:29 to make it a 2-1 contest. Things got interesting after a few solid chances, but the Oil Kings headed to the Locker Room still down by one.
In the third period, it was a back and forth battle with Hurricanes goaltender Stuart Skinner stealing the show. The netminder turned aside 35 of 36 shots for a first star performance on the night. The Oil Kings headed to the powerplay with just over five minutes remaining after Carter Folk sat in the sin bin for two minutes for hooking. With plenty of close chances on Skinner, the Oil Kings couldn’t tie it up and post-penalty, the Hurricanes potted an empty net goal with Dea on the bench to seal their 3-1 victory with 10 seconds remaining.
Edmonton’s Mayo was named second star, while Dea was announced as third star of the game in the close contest. After the game, Mayo had this to say about tomorrow’s game,
“We hit a couple of posts and it definitely could have been a different game. We’ll be ready for tomorrow. If we keep the good efforts up, we’ll finish games and move up in the standings.”
Next up, the Oil Kings will battle the Kootenay Ice (6-26-2) tomorrow, Saturday, December 19 at Rexall Place. Puck drop is 7:00PM MST.
The 2015-16 Edmonton Oil Kings season is presented by Insight Insurance and Risk Management.