LETHBRIDGE - In a showdown of two of the top teams in the WHL's Central Division on Friday, Jan. 11, it was the Edmonton Oil Kings extracting a bit of revenge after losing on home ice against the Lethbridge Hurricanes last weekend by scoring five straight goals after Lethbridge opened the scoring to take down the 'Canes 5-1.
Lethbridge got things going early, as the fourth line came through when Adam Hall buried his first WHL goal to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 3:02. That lead wouldn't last long, however, as the Oil Kings evened things up 1-1 just 19 seconds later when forward Scott Atkinson beat Hurricanes goaltender Liam Hughes.
Both teams would trade chances, but the horn would sound after 20 minutes with things still tied 1-1, and Lethbridge had an 8-7 lead on the shot clock in the 1st period.
Early in the 2nd period, Vince Loschiavo stole the puck away from a Hurricane down low and managed to bury a shot past Hughes to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead.
Then with Hall in the box for slashing, the Oil Kings went up 3-1 on Hurricanes at 7:08 when Liam Keeler's shot from the side of the net skipped past Hughes and only 40 seconds later Jalen Luypen beat Hughes to make it 4-1 which chased Hughes from the net.
That's how the score would stay after the 2nd period, but this time the Oil Kings outshot the Hurricanes 9-8 in the middle frame.
Edmonton would continue to dominate in the 3rd, taking a 5-1 lead over the Hurricanes with 7:15 left in the third period on Scott Atkinson's second of the game following a giveaway by Addison at the Oil Kings blueline.
Some rough stuff would follow, but cooler heads prevailed with no fisticuffs breaking out before the final horn sounded at the ENMAX Centre to end the game. Final shots in the game finished at just 25-25, while the Oil Kings went 1-for-7 with the man advantage and the Hurricanes finishing 0-for-5.
Lethbridge now has a record of 22-11-4-4 good for 52 points, still in first place in the Central, but things are closer now with Edmonton and Red Deer both right behind the Hurricanes with 51 points each.
The Hurricanes remain at home on Saturday, Jan. 12, when the Kootenay Ice return to town. Lethbridge closes out the weekend with a trip to Edmonton to take on the Oil Kings once again.
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