WEDNESDAY'S WHL PLAYOFF ROUND-UPThu Apr 25
OIL KINGS KNOCK DOWN HITMEN – T.J. Foster scored twice and set up another as the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings posted a 7-3 win over the Calgary Hitmen in Game 4 of the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship series in WHL playoff action on Wednesday.
Michael St. Croix scored once and added three assists while Martin Gernat, Ashton Sautner, Travis Ewanyk and Dylan Wruck also scored for the Oil Kings, who stormed out to a 4-0 lead by the midway point of the first period as they even up the best-of-seven series at 2-2. Laurent Brossoit made 22 saves to claim his 10th win of the post-season.
Calder Brooks, Elliott Peterson and Brooks Macek – who converted a second-period penalty shot – scored for the Hitmen, who went 1-for-7 on the power play as they drop their first decision at home in the post-season. Chris Driedger made 12 saves on 17 shots through the opening period to take the loss while Mack Shields stopped 20 of 22 shots in relief.
Best-of-seven series tied 2-2
KAL TIRE WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
WINTERHAWKS 3, BLAZERS 0
Mac Carruth stopped 29 shots to post his fourth shutout of the 2013 WHL playoffs as the visiting Portland Winterhawks skated to a 3-0 win over the Kamloops Blazers in Game 4 of the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Championship series on Wednesday.
Nic Petan scored twice and set up another, Seth Jones added a goal and an assist and Ty Rattie drew three helpers for the Winterhawks, who take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and now sit one win away from advancing to their third consecutive appearance in the WHL Championship series.
Cole Cheveldave made 24 saves in a losing cause for the Blazers, who were scoreless on four power play chances as they suffer their second shutout loss of the series.
Portland leads best-of-seven series 3-1