Oil Kings' Jung stymies Rebels

CRASH CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

This was a must-win of the should-win variety.

All alone in 11th place, a team like the Red Deer Rebels has nothing to lose in playing a team like the Edmonton Oil Kings, who are scrambling to make the playoffs.

Then again, in the Western Hockey League, where parity can seem a parody, there's usually a reason why a team is 11th.

"Well, we won," said an unsmiling Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau after watching his club vanquish the Rebels 4-1 at Rexall Place last night.

"It was obviously a key to get up 2-0. We got a power-play goal early and that was good. But when your team gets outworked in every aspect of the game, no, I'm not that happy about it.

"We won because of Junger."

The Rebels outshot the home team 35-24, but Edmonton netminder Torrie Jung never had to be spectacular.

He proved his worth in the first period by being solid and confident when the young Oil Kings defence looked a little shaky. He finished with 34 saves, never losing that early level of play.

"I thought he was very in-control," said Pleau. "They had a good game plan and they threw a lot of pucks at the net. He controlled his rebounds well and was always in position."

"I think that's my job," said Jung.

"We have a young team and sometimes there's going to be breakdowns and that's when I have to come up big.

"I think missing (Mark) Pysysk and (Adrian) Van de Mosselar (on the blueline) has been tough, but every team goes through injuries. This has given other guys a chance to step up and guys have."

A 5-on-3 proved an early tonic for the Kings.

After a goalie interference penalty to Red Deer's Brennen Wray, Rebels goalie Cam Gorchynski wasn't an interference to a team-leading 25th goal by Oil Kings captain Brenden Dowd.

A Brent Raedeke point blast came straight off the backboard to Dowd, who neatly gathered it and calmly flipped it over a moving Gorchynski from the side of the crease.

Raedeke got a second assist from an off-target cross-ice pass. Jeff Lee turned into the corner after the puck and smartly smacked it off the boards behind the net, finding Tomas Vincour, who buried it far-side after circling into shooting position.

Ironically, Clayton Cumiskey didn't get an assist when his play set up Dowd's 26th and second of the game in the second period. Cumiskey's hit in the corner created a turnover, and the captain buried the gift.

Vincour's second goal came off another Rebel breakdown following a Dowd hit.

"At key times - and that was one of them - we played well," Pleau said of the "bump shift" after that goal.


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