January 18th, 2021

Canes top Oil Kings in shootout

By Nick Kuhl on February 29, 2020.

Dale Woodard

Lethbridge Herald


What a time to be in a divisional race.
    On Friday night at the Enmax Centre, the Lethbridge Hurricanes and 
Edmonton Oil Kings put the pedal down and made an announced crowd of 
5,227 white knuckle it right to the end before the Canes prevailed in 
an entertaining 5-4 Western Hockey League shootout win.
The Oil Kings held 3-2 and 4-3 leads in the third period before the 
Canes responded each time — including the game-tying goal from 
Lethbridge’s Zack Stringer with 53 seconds left in the game with the 
extra attacker — to force overtime.
After that solved nothing, Brett Davis, who scored twice in 
regulation, and Alex Cotton found a way past Oil Kings goaltender 
Beck Warm in the shootout, while Hurricanes goaltender Carl Tetachuk 
turned aside Dylan Guenther and Jake Neighbours.
The win moves the Hurricanes to 26-15-2-5, gives them their third win 
against the Oil Kings this year and pulls them to within 11 points of 
Edmonton for first in the Central Division.
  “Those are my favourite games, for sure,” said Dylan Cozens who 
tied the game at 2-2 on a power-play goal in the second. “When 
you’re going against the top teams and a division rival and you’re 
going for first place those are exciting games. You could see with the 
crowd, they were excited for this one, too. Huge thanks for the 
support from the fans and we’re happy with how we played. We battled 
back so much and we got the win.”
Davis opened the scoring 11:29 into the game, but Wyatt McLeod and 
Ethan McIndoe gave Edmonton a 2-1 lead early in the second.
After Cozens tied it after two periods, Neighbours put the Oil Kings 
up 3-2 20 seconds into the third.
Davis tied it at 3-3 with 6:56 to go, but Edmonton nudged ahead again 
as Vladimir Alistrov made it 4-3 with a little over two minutes to go.
With Tetachuk on the bench, Stringer tied it in the last minute before 
the hosts closed it out in the shootout.
“It was a playoff atmosphere,” said Hurricanes head coach Brent 
Kisio. “I think our building was rocking. It was a great atmosphere 
for us to play in front of tonight and I thought our boys delivered. 
We played hard. We were playing a good hockey team. We would get up, 
they fought back and they found a way to get up.
“What we liked is we didn’t quit. There were a couple bounces late 
that we made some errors on and they got some good fortune on, but we 
kept going and found a way to tie it up. The shootout is what it is, 
but it was a good hockey.”
Davis’ two goals give him 25 on the season as the Hurricanes return 
to the Enmax Centre tonight at 7 p.m. to take on the Brandon Wheat 
“It was a super-fun game to play in,” said Davis. “We didn’t 
give up and kept pushing at the end. That’s what good teams do. It 
was good to get the win and we’ll come back (tonight) even 
Down 3-2 in the third, the Canes had a golden chance to pull even with 
a five-on-three for 1:50.
The Oil Kings killed it off before Davis briefly tied it.
“Great response,” said Cozens. “We get down, but we don’t get 
negative and we don’t pout. We stay confident and we battled back. 
The amount of times being down this year  in the third and coming back 
and battling just shows the resilience and character we have on this 
team and that’s what wins in playoffs. So we’re really excited 
about our group going into those.”
Davis added an assist for a three-point night, while Cotton had three 
Calen Addison had two assists.
Matthew Robertson had two assists for the Oil Kings.
Tetachuk stopped 23 of 27 shots, while Warm turned aside 32 of 36 shots.
The Hurricanes power play was 1-for-5. The Oil Kings were 1-for-2 with 
the man advantage.
Hurricanes head to Calgary Sunday to face the Hitmen at 4 p.m.
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