Edmonton, AB – Curtis Lazar busted out of a lengthy scoring slump to tally two goals and add an assist to lead the Oil Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Sunday at Rexall Place. Edmonton led 3-0 but Lethbridge battled back to tie the game before Lazar notched the winner, giving the Oil Kings 16 of a possible 18 points in their last nine games.
20:00 – After shutting out the ‘Canes in their previous meeting this year, and blanking the Kootenay Ice on Friday, Tristan Jarry makes his second straight start between the pipes for the Oil Kings for the first time this season. Cody Corbett, Griffin Reinhart, T.J. Foster, Curtis Lazar and Stephane Legault comprise the rest of Edmonton’s starting lineup. Ty Rimmer starts in net for Lethbridge.
16:47 – The Oil Kings are all over the ‘Canes in the early stages, outshooting them 3-0 and dominating the play in the offensive zone. No goals to show for the pressure, however.
16:20 – The first penalties of the game come as a result of a scrum in the Oil Kings crease. Lethbridge’s Brady Ramsay gets four minutes for roughing while Edmonton’s Ashton Sautner takes two minutes for roughing, sending the Oil Kings to the power play.
14:27 –GOAL! Long overdue for a tally, Lazar gets a pass from Foster in the high slot and fires a low wrist shot through traffic past Rimmer for his ninth goal and 18th point, on the power play, to give the home side an early 1-0 advantage.
14:09 – More physical play after the whistle, as Edmonton’s Klarc Wilson is sent off for four minutes (roughing) and Lethbridge’s Graham Hood heads off for a pair (roughing) to give the ‘Canes their first PP of the game.
12:09 – Yet another successful penalty kill from the Oil Kings as they continue to maintain the WHL’s best PK percentage, which sat at 92.9% heading into today’s contest.
10:16 – GOAL! After Rimmer flashes the leather to rob Michael St. Croix’s scoring attempt, Dylan Wruck beats him a few seconds later with a wrist shot under his left pad, with St. Croix setting the screen, to give the Oil Kings a 2-0 lead. Lethbridge uses their timeout.
7:35 – Macoy Erkamps of the ‘Canes gets called for boarding after sending Edmonton’s Cole Benson hard into the wall right in front of the Lethbridge bench, sending the Oil Kings back to the PP, looking to extend their 2-0 lead and 9-4 advantage in shots. Benson gets some attention on the bench but stays in the game.
0:53 – The Legault-Foster-Lazar line continues to cause havoc in the ‘Canes zone and Rimmer somehow pounces on the loose puck on a mad scramble in the crease to keep it 2-0.
0:00 – More post-whistle rough stuff sends Edmonton’s Edgars Kulda and Ramsay off for two minutes apiece. The Oil Kings lead 2-0 in goals and 16-6 in shots through a dominant opening 20 minutes. The teams will start the second period playing four-on-four.
15:46 – David Musil takes the first penalty of the middle frame; big shock, it’s a roughing minor keeping with this game’s trend, and the ‘Canes are on the PP looking to break their goose egg.
13:42 – GOAL! Just as Musil’s penalty expires, Lazar steals the puck in the corner of the Lethbridge zone and finds Kulda streaking to the net. The Latvian makes a vicious deke to the backhand and roofs his shot to put the Oil Kings ahead 3-0.
12:32 – Reinhart roughs up Remi Laurencelle in the Oil Kings corner, knocking the Lethbridge forward’s helmet off and sending the Edmonton captain off for checking to the head.
11:54 – Just 42 seconds later, Musil is sent off for checking from behind, giving the ‘Canes a two-man advantage for the next 1:23.
11:20 – Lethbridge cuts the Oil Kings lead to 3-1 with a nifty tic-tac-toe tally from Daniel Johnston to Russell Maxwell to Hood 34 seconds into their five-on-three power play.
10:29 – The teams go back to even strength as Jaimen Yakubowski is sent off for slashing. It’ll be four-on-four for 35 seconds, followed by an Edmonton PP for 1:25.
7:14 – With Brandon Baddock off for roughing, the ‘Canes cut the lead to 3-2 as Yakubowski pounces on a loose puck and lifts a shot high past a diving Jarry for the PPG.
6:43 – Stephen Shmoorkoff and Ramsay drop the gloves and go toe-to-toe for the first scrap of the game. Shmoorkoff gets an early shot in before the linesman cuts the fight short. Each player goes off for five minutes.
5:40 – With the Oil Kings on the PP, Corbett hooks Yakubowski on a shorthanded breakaway, giving the Hurricane a penalty shot. Jarry makes the initial save on the penalty shot but the puck soars into the air and deflects off the goalie’s back and in to make it a 3-3 game.
4:22 – Edmonton will have 14 seconds of five-on-three before a 1:46 man advantage after Jamal Watson goes off for goaltender interference.
3:34 – GOAL! A Reinhart power-play blast from the point creates a juicy rebound for Lazar, who pots his second goal of the game to put Edmonton back up 4-3. Goal number 10 on the season for the highly-ranked 2013 NHL Draft prospect.
0:00 – A wild middle frame concludes with the Oil Kings leading the ‘Canes 4-3. Edmonton is still way ahead in shots, leading 32-19.
9:49 – After a wild second period, the first half of the final frame is relatively uneventful. No penalties and only one shot on game from each side as the Oil Kings maintain their one-goal cushion at the TV timeout.
9:20 – Albin Blomqvist leaves his feet to crush Kulda in the Oil Kings zone and is subsequently sent to the box for a charging minor, putting the home side on the PP.
1:08 – The ‘Canes pull Rimmer in favour of an extra attacker.
0:54 – Lazar, gunning for his hat-trick goal, is tripped in the neutral zone to give Edmonton a power play. Rimmer returns to the Lethbridge net.
0:00 – The Oil Kings close out their seventh victory in their last nine games, holding on for a 4-3 win over the ‘Canes as Jarry finishes the game with a 21-save performance. The teams tussle following the final whistle but soon retreat to their respective sides.