Lethbridge, AB – An injury depleted Oil Kings lineup fell 5-2 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Saturday night WHL action from the ENMAX Centre. Both teams raised the level of physicality early with big hits and fights going both ways. Team scoring leader T.J. Foster left the game early and would not return adding to the long list of Oil Kings injured; Captain Mark Pysyk and standout d-man Griffin Reinhart to name just a few. Prior to the game the Oil Kings brought up 15 year old AP Brandon Braddock to help shore up the short bench.
The hometown Hurricanes opened the scoring late in the first period off a power play goal from Brady Ramsay. The Oil Kings would then push right back as rookie standout Curtis Lazar scored his 7th of the less than a minute later to make it a 1-1 game going into the second. Lethbridge tallied the only goal of the second period, a lead which the Canes extedned to 3-1 to start the third. Later on the power play, veteran Josh Lazowski pulled Edmonton within one with a sharp angle shot to make it 3-2 but the Hurricanes were able to hold off the Oil Kings attack.even with several third period powerplay chances. Ramsay would go on to notch two more goals including an empty netter for the hat trick while Oil Kings rookie goaltender Tristan Jarry posted 28 saves in the loss.
The Oil Kings record drops to 12-8-1-2 on the season as they look to push back with another game against these very same Hurricanes in their next game on Wednesday, November 23rd in Lethbridge. Puck drop is set for 7:00 MST – all games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca Fans are also reminded this game will be available on Shaw TV.
Edmonton will return to Rexall Place on Friday, November 25th as they welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers. Oil Kings hockey is Edmonton’s best family entertainment value. The 2011-12 season of Oil Kings hockey is presented by Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Canada and features new reduced pricing with great seats starting at just $15 and premium seating locations starting at just $20.
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