EDMONTON - The Calgary Hitmen overcame a 41-save performance from Torrie Jung and pushed the Edmonton Oil Kings to the brink of elimination with a 4-1 win in Western Hockey League first-round playoff action Monday.
The Hitmen have a 3-0 stranglehold on their best-of-seven Eastern conference quarter-final with the Oil Kings and can finish the sweep Wednesday in Edmonton. Alex Plante, Joel Broda, Brandon Kozun and Chase Schaber scored for Calgary, while Robin Soudek replied for Edmonton.
Despite appearing to sustain an injury to the left side of his body, Jung was sharp in the first period. He turned aside 16 shots in the opening frame, including a blocker save off Kozun on a shot that was headed for the corner.
Calgary opened the scoring with one second remaining in the first period. Plante sent a point shot through a crowd in front of the net, eluding Jung's extended left pad along the ice.
Jung stood tall again seven minutes into the second period, sliding across to stop a cross-ice feed to Brett Sonne and keep Edmonton within one.
Broda padded Calgary's lead to 2-0, lifting the puck on the backhand to the high glove corner while falling to his knees at 12:44 of the second period.
Just 3:19 later, Kozun found himself alone in front, going to the backhand to shovel a puck over Jung's oustretched right pad.
Soudek put Edmonton on the board 5:33 into the third period on a power play, picking off a pass by Michael Stone and going high blocker past Martin Jones.
Schaber restored the three-goal margin at 15:11 with a tap-in on a feed from Ian Schultz.
Jones stopped 20 shots for Calgary.