April 3, 2014, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – Five goals from five different players and a 15-save shutout from Tristan Jarry helped the Edmonton Oil Kings earn first blood on the Brandon Wheat Kings in Game 1 of their second round playoff series.
The Oil Kings got goals from Brett Pollock and Mads Eller 35 seconds apart early in the first period and never looked back en route to a 5-0 victory over the Wheaties to take a 1-0 series lead Thursday night at Rexall Place.
“We got off to the start we wanted,” said Oil Kings captain Griffin Reinhart, who finished with two assists. “We want to learn to keep our foot on the gas … we’ve just got to keep working hard and make sure they don’t come back in games.”
The Oil Kings put in a dominant performance in Game 1, outshooting the Wheat Kings 45-15. When Brandon did get a chance, Jarry was there to shut the door, picking up his first career postseason shutout.
“If you look at the 15 shots he saw, there were probably nine Grade-A scoring chances,” said Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal. “He was huge when he was called upon.”
Pollock and Edgars Kulda both finished with a goal and an assist, while Reinhart and Curtis Lazar each had two helpers. Mads Eller picked up his first career WHL playoff goal, while Ashton Sautner and Henrik Samuelsson both scored their first of the postseason.
The Oil Kings power play finished 2-7 on the night and is now operating at 36.8 percent in the playoffs.
Jordan Papirny made 40 saves in a losing effort for the Wheat Kings, who finished 0-2 with the man advantage.
The two teams will meet again Saturday afternoon as Game 2 is a noon matinee at Rexall Place. Tickets are still available at OilKings.ca, the Rexall Place box office or any Ticketmaster outlet.