By Nick Kuhl on November 9, 2019.
Evidently, Alex Cotton’s vocal chords are in good shape and Calen
Addison’s hearing is alright as well.
A little call and response ultimately set the table for a wild
Hurricanes comeback following a 4-3 shootout win over the Edmonton Oil
Kings in Western Hockey League play Friday night at the Enmax Centre
in a clash for first in the Central Division.
Cotton scored the game-tying goal with 27 seconds remaining with extra
attacker to knot things at 3-3 and force overtime.
When the three-on-three overtime solved nothing, Lethbridge’s D-Jay
Jerome scored in the fourth round of the shootout to cap off the win
as the Canes rallied from down 3-0 in the third to increase their
points streak to 12 games and take over first in the Central Division
In the meantime, Hurricanes goaltender Carl Tetachuk stopped a penalty
shot in the third, each team scored two power-play goals and Oliver
Okuliar hit both posts on the same shift before later getting the
Hurricanes on the board early in the third for his league-leading 16th
goal of the season.
And with Tetachuk on the bench in the final minutes and Cotton calling
for the puck, Addison heard him loud and clear.
“Any time I can get out there with him we’re going to have fun with
the puck and make things happen,” said Addison. “I heard him
yelling for about five seconds and just slide it over to him.
Beautiful shot and he’s playing amazing. I’m proud of him.”
Scott Atkinson scored on the power play 6:18 into the game for a quick
1-0 Oil Kings lead and Liam Keeler scored late in the first to give
Edmonton a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Oil Kings power play went back to work in the second period when
Riley Sawchuk made no mistake on a one-time feed from Matthew
Robertson for a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.
The Hurricanes almost pulled to within two 54 seconds into the third,
but defenceman Ty Prefontaine’s point shot hit the post and Oil Kings
goaltender Sebastian Cossa was able to smother the chance to keep it
Lethbridge started the comeback shortly afterward when Okuliar grabbed
a loose puck in front of the Oil Kings net and sent a shot past Cossa
to make it 3-1 5:26 into the third.
“We just needed that break, it felt like,” said Hurricanes head
coach Brent Kisio. “We had our chances on the night, a lot of posts,
and we just knew if we got one we could have the opportunity to go and
when we did we finally went.”
Lethbridge nearly made it 3-2 in a frantic goalmouth scramble, but
couldn’t bury the chance.
Back the other way, Edmonton’s Carter Souch was tripped up on a
breakaway and awarded a penalty shot, Tetachuk turned aside the chance
to keep it a two-goal game.
The Hurricanes went to their fourth straight power play and cut it to
one when Dylan Cozens scored off the right wing to make it 3-2 with
3:40 to go.
Then with Tetachuk watching from the bench, Cotton netted his fifth of
“What a shot,” said Kisio. “It was all traffic and a nice pass by
Addison, but you need a guy to pull the trigger and Cots has been
doing that lately.”
The teams exchanged chances in overtime, including Tetachuk turning
aside Oil King Vladimir Alistrov in close.
“I thought we showed urgency,” said Kisio. “We had our chances in
the first two (periods).
“Their goalie played well and the posts were playing for them and
they were pushing hard. We had our opportunities, but Edmonton was
working hard and maybe being a little more physical and engaged than
we were. I thought in the third period our crowd got going and we were
a little more desperate and hungry and we got going as well.”
Addison had assists on all three goals, while Cotton had an assist for
a two-point night. He continues to lead all WHL blue-liners with 21
“We knew how huge of a game this was coming in and I don’t think we
had the best start ever, but I don’t think we could have drawn the
ending up any better,” said Addison. “I don’t think I’ve seen
this much heart in this team in my years here. So that was a massive
win for our group.”
Tetachuk stopped 32 of 35 shots, while Cossa kicked out 36 of 39.
“I thought he was absolutely outstanding,” said Kisio of his
goaltender. “When we didn’t have our feet going we had
opportunities, but he was making some big saves to keep us in it.”
The Hurricanes power play was 2-for-5, while the Oil Kings were 2-for-4.
The Canes are back at the Enmax Centre tonight at 7 against the Tri-
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