April 23rd, 2024

Oil Kings score six in win over Canes

By Lethbridge Herald on March 13, 2024.

Herald photo by Justin Seward Lethbridge Hurricanes Brayden Edwards watches as his shot is stopped in close by Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender Kolby Hay, in front of Canes Dylan Sydor and Oil Kings Smyth Rebman, during WHL action on Wednesday night at the Enmax Centre.

By Justin Seward

Lethbridge Herald

The Lethbridge Hurricanes began a four-game week with a 6- 1 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday night at the Enmax Centre.

“I thought we had some really good looks through the first 40.  I think we had our fair share of Grade A looks and just couldn’t find a way to capitalize on it,” said Ryan Aasman, Hurricanes assistant coach.

“And then I think going into the third we looked a little deflated, and kind of shot ourselves in the foot and then couldn’t crawl out of it.”

The Oil Kings scored the first goal of the game courtesy of Smyth Rebman’s eighth goal of the year from Landon Hanson and John Szabo just 2:49 into the game.

Brayden Edwards pounced on a rebound and deposited his 28th goal of the year into the back of the net  to tie the game 8:43 into the first period from Logan Wormald and Noah Chadwick.

Edmonton took their second lead of the game when an Adam Jecho wrist shot beat Canes goalie Brady Smith 7:36 into the second period.

The Oil Kings pulled away in the third with four goals.

Jecho made it 3-1 Oil Kings just over a minute into the third period with his 21st of the season from Ty Nash and Mark Lajoie.

Lajoie scored the Oil Kings fourth goal of the night on the powerplay at the 5:19 mark of the third from Jecho and Gracyn Sawchyn.

Cole Miller scored his ninth of the season from Jecho and Ethan MacKenzie 11:53 into the third period to give Edmonton a 5-1 lead.

Szabo finished the scoring with over three minutes to go in the game.

“It’s not an X’s and O’s thing,” said Chadwick.

“I think (it) just comes from discipline and work ethic, and … to be better on both ends.”

The Hurricanes host the Red Deer Rebels on Friday night to begin a three-in-three weekend.

The Canes remain in seventh place after the loss with 65 points and are tied with the eighth place  Prince Albert Raiders and two points behind the Brandon Wheat Kings for sixth place. 

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