uc berkeley water polo out second period pushes Edmonton Oil Kings past Lethbridge Hurricanes
The Edmonton Oil Kings saved their best for last, or at least second last.
Playing their penultimate home game of their Western Hockey League season, the Oil Kings gave fans a glimpse into the future with a convincing 5 1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes at Rogers Place on Tuesday.
think you see the emergence of, really, our future, said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. of our young offensive guys like David Kope, who been a positive story this season. If you would have asked him in August what his plans were for the season, I don think he had his plans set on Edmonton in all honestly.
see him come to camp hungry to make the team and the development that gone on from there, I think that a real positive story. Oil Kings will miss the WHL playoff for the second consecutive year, but the promise showed in the second half of the season suggests the skid will likely end next season.
Edmonton young roster has come of age this season, playing in situations they likely would not get an opportunity to play on an older, more experienced team. They have just three players on the roster older than 18 and only two not eligible to come back next season.
was good to get a couple of power play goals, Kope said. was really good for the young guys and we excited for next year, for sure. Fix Wolansky led the way for the Oil Kings against the Hurricanes with a goal and three assists. Colton Kehler, Nick Bowman, Conner McDonald and Tomas Soustal also scored for Edmonton in one of their most convincing wins of the season. Kobe Mohr had two assists, while Josh Dechaine made 26 saves.
Jadon Joseph scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes and Logan Flodell made 30 saves.
The Hurricanes, who have clinched a playoff spot by finishing second in the Central Division standings, were the better team out of the gate, out shooting the Oil Kings 9 1 at one point in the period.
Joseph gave Lethbridge the lead, 5:48 into the game, getting a rebound in font and sweeping it past Dechaine.
The Oil Kings battled back in the later half of the period and had a couple of good opportunities to tie the game. The shots finished 12 11 for the Hurricanes in the period.
The Oil Kings maintained their momentum in the second and exploded for five goals, taking control of the contest.
didn have the greatest start, coming into the intermission after the first period, we knew what we had to do to be better, Fix Wolansky said. came out in that second period and got fortunate with a couple of power plays and got ahead that way and played a solid five on five game the rest of the game. tied the game on the power play, two minutes into the period, one timing a shot from the left faceoff circle in past Flodell.
Bowman scored just over five minutes later, taking a drop pass from Davis Murray and wiring a shot over the Flodell shoulder.
McDonald made it 3 1 on a two man advantage, ripping a shot from the point past Flodell, who didn see the puck until it was already behind him.
Soustal increased the lead to 4 1, scoring on the remaining penalty, taking a pass from Brett Kemp in front of the net and lifting a backhand over Flodell.
Fix Wolansky scored the Oil Kings fifth goal with 1:12 to go in the period. Edmonton leading scorer picked up his 31st goal of the year, stepping into a shot after Kope had been stopped by Flodell on a drive to the net.
came out a little slow, but we definitely recovered after that, we came out flying in the second, Dechaine said. scoring five goals make the job easier on me, so it was nice to really have that big lead. It been a while since we had one of those, so we were just able to lock it down.