Review: The Oil Kings have been very impressive so far in the playoffs, opening up a 2-0 series lead over the defending WHL Champion Ice. Laurent Brossoit was unbeatable in game 1, posting his first career playoff shutout in a 3-0 win. In game 2 the Kings fought back to tie the game three times, and only led once on Keegan Lowe's blast from the point with 3:12 left in the third.
Friday Mar. 24- Win 3-0 vs Kootenay
Sunday Mar. 26- Win 4-3 vs Kootenay
Upcoming: Games 3 and 4 are back to back, Wednesday and Thursday in Cranbrook. Game 5 would be at Rexall Place on Sunday afternoon.
Playoff Leaders: Goals: Michael St. Croix, Curtis Lazar (2)
Assists: Tyler Maxwell, Lazar (2)
Points: Lazar (4)
PIMS: Keegan Lowe, Griffin Reinhart (6)
Plus/Minus: Mark Pysyk, Lowe, Travis Ewanyk, Lazar, Mitch Moroz (+2)
Wins: Laurent Brossoit (2)
Firsts: Playoff Game- Cody Corbett, Ashton Sautner, Stephane Legault, Martin Gernat, Mitch Moroz vs Kootenay, March 24.
Playoff Goal- Mitch Moroz vs Kootenay, March 24.
Playoff Point- Mitch Moroz, Travis Ewanyk, Laurent Brossoit vs Kootenay, March 24. Stephane Legault, Mark Pysyk vs Kootenay, March 26.
Playoff Win- Laurent Brossoit vs Kootenay, March 24
Notes: Henrik Samuelsson is eligible to return to the lineup for Game 3 on Wednesday night after serving his two game suspension for clipping. The Oil Kings recorded their first playoff win in modern franchise history on March 24. Curtis Lazar is tied with Jordan Hickmott for the modern franchise lead in all time playoff scoring (5 points).
Remaining Round One Schedule:
Wednesday, March 28- @ Kootenay Ice, Cranbrook RecPlex, 7pm
Thursday, March 29- @ Kootenay Ice, Cranbrook RecPlex, 7pm
*Sunday, April 1- vs Kootenay Ice, Rexall Place, 2pm
*Tuesday, April 3- @ Kootenay Ice, Cranbrook RecPlex, 7pm
*Wednesday, April 4- vs Kootenay Ice, Rexall Place, 7pm