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Hitmen eliminate Oil Kings from WHL playoffs

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

EDMONTON - Kris Foucault scored twice and the Calgary Hitmen completed a sweep of the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference quarter-finals with a 4-1 win on Wednesday.

Kyle Bortis and Brandon Kozun also scored for Calgary. Brent Raedeke replied for Edmonton. It was the third game in a row the CHL's top-ranked team fired over 40 shots at Edmonton netminder Torrie Jung as he turned aside 39 of 43 shots.

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Over the four-game series, Jung saw 187 pucks fired his way.

Edmonton opened the scoring on the power play at 11:14 of the first. Robin Soudek stripped Alex Plante of the puck and fed Raedeke with a cross-ice pass for a goal past beaten goaltender Martin Jones.

Tomas Karpov had Calgary's first chance with six minute left in the opening period but was denied after Jung flashed the glove out to catch a tip attempt from 10 feet out.

Karpov made amends with an assist 1:47 into the second when his wrap-around attempt instead slid across to Foucault left wide open on the other side of the net.

Foucault scored his second of the period at 18:22, splitting between Mark Pysyk and Henrik Tervonen, then pulling the puck across the net and tucking it between Jung's pads for the 2-1 lead.

Two quick third period goals by Calgary buried the game. Bortis picked up a loose puck in the slot and squeaked it through Jung's pads at 7:06. Just 33 seconds later, Kozun flicked the puck over Jung's glove four feet out of the crease to make it 4-1.

Jones turned aside 19 shots for Calgary.

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