March 28, 2013, Cranbrook, BC (ISN) – A brilliant performance by goaltender Laurent Brossoit headlined a 4-0 Oil Kings win over the Kootenay Ice on Wednesday.
The Game 4 victory gives the Oil Kings a 3-1 lead in their best-of- seven Eastern Conference Quarter Final series. Brossoit’s shutout was his second of this series and fourth playoff shutout of his WHL career. The 2012 WHL Championship MVP has remained true to form with a WHL leading 0.71 goals against average and 0.970 save percentage in the 2013 post season.
“L.B. [Brossoit] was outstanding.” said Oil Kings Head Coach Laxdal “When he was called upon he was there for us and I thought he had a great two games for us in here.”
The Oil Kings opened the scoring 6:52 into the first period as Henrik Samuelsson tipped home a shot from Keegan Lowe for his first of the playoffs. The Ice would go on to out-shoot the Oil Kings 12-6 in the first but could not solve Brossoit.
Edmonton added to their lead in the second as Curtis Lazar notched a power play goal 6:34 into the period. A streaking Lazar took a pin-point pass from Keegan Lowe and tipped home his second goal of the post season. Both Samuelsson and Lazar notched a goal and an assist each, while Lowe added a pair of helpers. Edgars Kulda made it a 3-0 Oil Kings lead with just 17 seconds remaining in the period.
The Oil Kings then lived up to their amazing regular season record of 44-1-1-2 when leading after the second period of play. The Edmonton defense snuffed out the Kootenay attack allowing only six shots on goal and a total of eight through the final two periods. Griffin Reinhart added an empty net marker in the final minute for the 4-0 final.
The Oil Kings special teams were solid, especially on the penalty kill where the team was a perfect 5 for 5 on the night. Edmonton has yet to allow a power play goal against in this series.
“We took a few penalties, I thought the refs were a little tighter on the calls today, but I thought our penalty kill stood its ground. We did a really good job and when they did have a shot, I thought LB was outstanding.” said Laxdal “But that’s all part of our team game. When he is strong, we feed off of that.”
The Oil Kings will look to clinch a spot in the second round on Friday as they return to Rexall Place for Game 5 of this Eastern Conference Quarter Final Series. Should the Oil Kings advance they would book a date with the Eastern Conference’s seventh seed – the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Tigers became the first team in the Eastern Conference to advance to the second round by virtue of a 4-0 sweep of the Memorial Cup host Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday.
Come out and welcome your Oil Kings back to Rexall Place Friday, March 29th! Game time is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and available at OILKINGS.CA, at the Rexall Place Box Office or at Ticketmaster outlets. The $99 ATB Financial Playoff Pass is also available exclusively online at OILKINGS.CA. For more information on season seats or flex packs, call 780-414-GOAL (4625). You can also catch all the action on Edmonton’s Sports Radio, the TEAM 1260. All games are streamed online at WHL Live found at WHL.ca. The Oil Kings 2012-13 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.
The Oil Kings opening round schedule is as follows: (All Times MDT)
Edmonton (1) vs Kootenay (8)
Edmonton leads series 3-1
Game #1 – Friday, March 22 @ Edmonton – 9-0 Oil Kings Win
Game #2 – Sunday, March 24 @ Edmonton – 2-1 Oil Kings OT Loss
Game #3 – Tuesday, March 26 @ Kootenay – 7-1 Oil Kings Win
Game #4 – Wednesday, March 27 @ Kootenay – 4-0 Oil Kings Win
Game #5 – Friday, March 29 @ Edmonton – 7:00 p.m.
*Game #6 – Sunday, March 31 @ Kootenay – 6:00 p.m.
*Game #7 – Tuesday, April 2 @ Edmonton – 7:00 p.m.