April 23, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN)- The Calgary Hitmen used home ice advantage and a big second period to defeat the Edmonton Oil Kings 5 – 2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome Tuesday night.
The Hitmen capitalized on a pair of quick strikes when Brady Brassart and Elliot Peterson scored :40 seconds apart and Calder Brooks and Victor Rask scored just :29 seconds apart all in the middle frame. The Hitmen now lead the WHL Eastern Conference Championship Series 2 – 1 heading into Game 4 Wednesday night.
“When you take penalties and put yourself behind the 8-ball, that’s what’s going to happen to you,” explained a frustrated Oil Kings Head Coach Derek Laxdal after the game. “We talked about discipline, we preached discipline, and some guys just don’t get the message. When you’re against a good hockey club like that, they are going to sting you and that’s what happened tonight.”
It’s been a back and forth series so far with the teams alternating wins and there’s been huge momentum swings. Edmonton poured 5 goals past Calgary in the third period of Game 2 and the Hitmen had the answer with all 5 goals coming in the second period of Game 3. Curtis Lazar scored the only goal of the third period and sums up the wild periods.
“We got a taste of our own medicine you might say. It’s something we’ve got to focus on because it really haunted us tonight.”
Former Hitmen Trevor Cheek scored the only goal of the first period to open the scoring for Edmonton. Sherwood Park product Greg Chase scored the other goal for the Hitmen in the opening minute of the middle stanza. Tristan Jarry saw his first WHL playoff action and stopped all 3 shots he faced in almost 26:30 minutes of relief. Coach Laxdal had high praise for his starting goalie Laurent Brossoit despite the 5 goals on 26 shots. He made some highlight reel stops in the first 25 minutes to keep his team in the game.
“I felt fine in there, it’s not like they scored 5 goals because I was off my game, and it makes it a little easier to come back tomorrow (Wednesday). I can still do the same things and we’ll still be successful.”
Game 4 of the series will go in less than 24 hours on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in Calgary. The entire 2013 Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship series between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Calgary Hitmen will be televised LIVE on SHAW on Channel 304 and SHAW Direct Channel 299 throughout Western Canada. 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.
Game 5 of the series is set for Friday, April 26th back in Edmonton at Rexall Place. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at any Ticketmaster outlet, at the Rexall Place Box Office or online at OILKINGS.CA.