Brett Pollock and the Edmonton Oil Kings didn't take the easy route to get into the Western Hockey League playoffs but they are certainly making noise now that they are in the postseason picture.
Their playoff hopes came down to the wire when they clinched a postseason position in a one-game tiebreaker with Medicine Hat last week, beating the Tigers 6-4.
Now, the Oil Kings hold a 2-0 series lead over the heavily-favoured Brandon Wheat Kings and Pollock has been a key asset for Edmonton in their first two playoff dates.
In Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals, Edmonton picked up a 4-2 win over Brandon and Pollock collected an assist on the Oil Kings first goal of the game, coming just 1:03 into regulation.
He also had a glorious scoring chance later on in the first period when he was awarded a penalty shot after being tripped up on a breakaway. His shot evaded Wheat Kings goaltender Jordan Papirny but bounced off the post.
In Game Two, it was Pollock who played the hero in Edmonton's tight 2-1 victory.
With both teams deadlocked at one, Pollock snagged the puck along the boards at the red line and went racing in on Papirny. His snapshot beat the Brandon netminder at the 9:32 mark of the third period and ended up being the game-winner.
Pollock was named the second star in Game Two.
Game Three goes on Wednesday in Edmonton at 7:00 PM MT.
Pollock, acquired from the Dallas Stars in the Kris Russell trade, was Edmonton's leading scorer in the regular season with 30 goals and 78 points in 72 games. Dallas selected him the second round (45th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.