OIL KINGS WINS EASTERN CONFERENCE CROWNApr 30, 2013 - 16:04 MDT
EDMONTON OIL KINGS WIN HUSKY WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP – The Edmonton Oil Kings captured their second consecutive Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship, defeating the Calgary Hitmen 2-0 in the seventh and deciding game of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday night at Rexall Place in Edmonton, AB.
Michael St. Croix scored both goals for Edmonton and Laurent Brossoit turned aside 26 shots to claim his fifth shutout of the 2013 WHL playoffs. St. Croix, who got his ninth and 10th goals of the playoffs, was named the MVP of the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship series.
Chris Driedger turned in a valiant 36-save performance in the loss for the Hitmen, who couldn’t find a way past the Oil Kings’ smothering defence and strong goaltending from Brossoit.
The Oil Kings will now face the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Champion Portland Winterhawks in the 2013 WHL Championship series, beginning Friday in Portland, OR. The Oil Kings defeated the Winterhawks in seven games to win the 2012 WHL Championship.
The last time the WHL saw a Championship rematch was in 1974-75 & 1975-76 when the New Westminster Bruins and Saskatoon Blades met in back-to-back finals.
Edmonton wins best-of-seven series 4-3