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Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes welcomed the defending WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings to town Wednesday in the first of six meetings between the two division rivals. Edmonton came into the game riding a 2 game win streak while the Canes were 1-1 to start the season.
The Oil Kings got off to a fast start scoring on their first shot on goal just 1:24 into the game when Curtis Lazar beat Ty Rimmer. The Canes didn’t have many scoring chances, and on their chances late in the period they were unable to draw even. Rimmer was stellar the rest of the period, stopping 21 shots as the Oil Kings outshot Lethbridge 22-6 in the opening period.
The Canes best chance to pull even came on a 3 on 2 opportunity less than 3 minutes into the 2nd period, but Craig Leverton just fanned on the one-timer that would have made it a 1-1 game. The teams showing their dislike for one another as well as a handful of fights in the game would eventually give Lethbridge a 5 on 3 PP midway through the period but Tristan Jarry would not allow a goal before the Canes took a powerplay of their own which erased the man advantage. Another great chance to pull even for the Canes came when Jamal Watson showed his speed into the zone but his hard shot knocked off Tristan Jarry’s mask. The OK’s continued to dominate on the shot clock but Rimmer stopped everything coming his way, making 32 saves midway through the period. The period ended with the Oil Kings still up only one goal thanks to the play of veteran netminder Ty Rimmer who had stopped 42 shots through 40 minutes (Canes outshot 43-14 overall) The fans with chants of "Rimmer, Rimmer" and a standing ovation as he was shown on the videoboard and skated off for the intermission.
Edmonton looked to go up a pair of goals in the 3rd but the goal was waved off as the net came off its moorings. The OK’s did add some insurance on the powerplay when a shot was redirected by TJ Foster. Edmonton would add another courtesy of Henrik Samuelsson and this game would end 3-0 in favor of the Oil Kings. The Hurricanes were outshot 60-20, but Ty Rimmer was outstanding and gave the Hurricanes a chance all game long after his 57 save performance. Lethbridge was 0/5 on the powerplay while Edmonton was 1/5. Tonight’s 3 Stars – 3) Cody Corbutt, 2) Curtis Lazar 1) Ty Rimmer
Dickies Hardest Working Player of the Game: Ty Rimmer
The Hurricanes travel to Cranbrook to take on the Kootenay Ice for the first time since a preseason matchup last week at the “Thunder Challenge” tournament in the Crowsnest Pass. Game time vs. the Ice is 7:00 with the pregame show 6:30pm with Pat Siedlecki on the home of the Hurricanes – 94.1 CJOC. Home or on the road follow your Lethbridge Hurricanes with news and team headlines on Twitter @WHLHurricanes, play by play analysis @CanesCast or by checking out our website at www.lethbridgehurricanes.com. Fans can also follow us on our Official Facebook Fan Page at facebook.com/WHLHurricanes or check out the game live on WHL Web TV - log on to whl.ca for details and pricing. Fan can also drop by Pop's Pub South to watch the WHL Webcast live as they present all 36 Hurricanes road games this season. (Photo Credit: CanesCast)