May 3, 2013, Portland, OR (ISN) – The Edmonton Oil Kings stole Game 1 of the WHL Championship Series with a 4 – 1 victory over the Winterhawks in Portland Friday night.
The home squad poured everything they had on Oil Kings goalie Laurent Brossoit in the opening 40 minutes but Edmonton weathered the storm. Dylan Wruck scored on the Oil Kings first shot, Henrik Samuelsson scored a pair of goals and Curtis Lazar added some insurance in a game where Edmonton could’ve been in a big hole if it weren’t for the heroics of goaltender Laurent Brossoit who finished with 35 saves on the night.
“In the first three series I’d have to kind of keep my focus when I wouldn’t get a shot for a period at a time,” said Brossoit who looked like the player that won the 2012 WHL Playoff MVP. “Coming into this game I got a consistent amount of shots. You can ask any goalie, they love that and it keeps them in the game. I was just glad I was seeing the puck tonight.”
“If you look at the first period, Portland came out with a lot of energy and were really physical and it kind of caught us on our heels a little bit.” Said Oil Kings Head Coach Derek Laxdal. “We weathered the storm. I guess you could say we bent but we didn’t break. L-B was outstanding including some of the saves he made in the first period and as the game went along it was huge for our confidence to get that first goal.”
Stephane Legault also recorded a big night with 3 assists, a couple of big hits and he caused a couple of turn overs that led to a pair of the Oil Kings goals.
Game 2 of the series will go in less than 24 hours on Saturday night at the Rose Garden in Portland. Puck drop is 8:00 p.m. Edmonton time. Fans can catch all the action on SHAW TV, SHAW HD Channel 303, and SHAW Direct ‘Channel 299.
Games 3 and 4 of the series are set for back in Edmonton on Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th. Tickets for those games at Rexall Place are on sale now at Ticketmaster locations, at the Rexall Place Box Office or online at OILKINGS.CA.