EDMONTON - It was a game that didn’t open on a promising note, but the Canes managed to turn play in their favour.
The Oil Kings opened the scoring less than four minutes into the first period and had their team ahead 2-0 just after the halfway point. However, as the seconds ticked down on the period, Taylor Ross found the back of the net on a power play, assisted by Dylan Cozens and Calen Addison, closing out the first 20-minutes with the Canes trailing by one goal and the Kings leading 11-6 in shots-on-goal.
The Canes took control of the game in the second period, posting five goals at regular intervals. Taylor Ross charted his second power play goal of the game at the five-minute mark. Just four minutes later, Jordy Bellerive added his 16th goal of the season, followed by power play goals from Dylan Cozens and Giorgio Esephan. In the remaining seconds of the second frame, Jordy Bellerive notched his second goal of the game, putting the Canes in the lead 6-2.
The lone goal in the third period came courtesy of Zane Franklin, assisted by Giorgio Estephan and Brennan Riddle, for final score of 7-2. The Canes outshot the Oil Kings 38-20 and were 6/6 on the penalty kill.
The game’s three stars:
1) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan (1 goal, 5 assists)
2) ‘Canes – #2 Calen Addison (5 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #8 Taylor Ross (2 goals)
The Edmonton win puts the Canes back at the five-hundred mark, with a season record of 13-13-1-0 record and the team took four out of a possible six points on the three-in-three weekend.
The Hurricanes return to action Wednesday (Dec 6) when they host Red Deer at 7:00pm.
(Note: This story has been updated. Giorgio Estephan is credited with five assists.)
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