Assault OK with peppered goaltender

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

This has been a David vs. Goliath matchup from the outset.

The Calgary Hitmen, ranked No. 1 in the entire country and loaded with all-stars, have all the glitz and glamour.

The Oil Kings, who needed an extra game just to qualify for the post-season, have hard work and determination.

Oh yeah, and that goaltender's not too shabby either.

Oil Kings starter Torrie Jung knew he'd have to steal a game or two to prolong this lopsided -- on paper, anyways -- opening round series.

He did everything but yesterday at the Dome.

"If you look at Calgary through the regular season with (a league-high) 330 goals, there's a lot of offence on that team," Jung said. "Obviously, if I don't play well, it means we're probably not going to be on the winning side.

"But I like the pressure and the challenge."

Jung kicked out 20 shots in the first period, 19 of 20 in the third period and 54 overall as he nearly brought his Oil Kings even at a game apiece in the first-round series.

The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect said he doesn't remember facing that much rubber too many times during his career.

"I think my first year in Kelowna, I had one game against Vancouver when they pumped us for 58 or something like that," he said.

"But some games, getting more shots isn't such a bad thing because you get into it and you find your groove. Other times, it means a long night for you."

Yesterday, he made it a long day for the Hitmen, who finally won it 2-1 on Carson McMillan's overtime goal.

Jung will remember yesterday's game for quite awhile, but it won't go down as his most cherished memory.

"If we'd gotten the win, it might have been No. 1," he said. "But to come into Calgary and stop a lot of pucks like that, it's good for the confidence.

"But, at the same time, we didn't get the result we wanted."


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