Stars in the crease

CRASH CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

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If Torrie Jung wasn't already drafted, his first period in Game 2 of the Oil Kings' first-ever playoff series against the Calgary Hitmen would have put him on scouts' radars.

The Oil Kings were outshot 20-4 in the first frame on Sunday at the Saddledome in Calgary -- but the '4' on Edmonton's side of the ledger was generous.

Jung was at his best as the Kings killed off two 5-on-3 powerplays among a stretch of four straight penalties in just over eight minutes.

OPENED SCORING

Still alive, the Kings battled to return the favour, outshooting Calgary and scoring the first goal of the game.

But Jung was even better in the third as the Hitmen fired from every angle at every opportunity.

His 54-save performance was the talk among fans in the Saddledome corridors as well as media and team officials from both sides of this junior Battle of Alberta.

"Stopping a lot of pucks is good for confidence," Jung said after the game.

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

"Lots of credit to the guys on the penalty kill. They blocked a lot of shots, let me see a lot of pucks cleanly."

At the other end, a goalie has to keep himself in it when he's not getting the work.

That's something Hitmen netminder Martin Jones is familiar with on a team that regularly controls the puck for long stretches.

"It's definitely fun to play in those (high shot total) games sometimes," Jones said before Game 3 last night.

'LITTLE MORE FUN'

"It's a little more fun when you're on the right end of the win."

A sense of competition can help -- especially when you see the other guy is on his A-game.

"You're paying attention, but at the same time you try not to get caught up with what he's doing," said Jones.

"Obviously he played pretty good. I'm just trying to stay focused down at my end and worry about my game."


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