It's over for Oil Kings

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Kris Foucault must have had 10 of the 56 shots fired at Oil Kings goalie Torrie Jung in Game 2. He was back at it again last night.

If Foucault was the straw stirring the Hitmen's drink in last night's series-sweeping 4-1 win, he was also the straw that broke the back of the Oil Kings with goals early and late in the second period at Rexall Place last night.

There was 1:38 left in the second when Foucault swept across Jung's crease. Jung, with 30 saves already on the board, stoned Foucault on the initial shot, but the swift winger stayed on it and whacked it across the goal-line before Jung could cover it.

The Oil Kings were up 1-0 after one, beating the undisciplined Hitmen with the body and their last-gasp spirit.

"I think when you play as well as we did in the first period and you come out with only a one-goal lead, that leaves them opportunity," said Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau. "When you leave them opportunity, that's what happens. We have to score a couple on the power play and get up by at least a couple so we have a little room to make a mistake."

If Foucault's goal was the crack, the wall split when Kyle Bortis and Brandon Kozun scored 30 seconds apart in the third to end the Oil Kings' season and take Calgary's possible Memorial Cup march to the next step.

Pleau was interested in his own team's journey.

"Speaking to the 20-year-olds, I said at the end of last year we were an expansion team. We walk out here this year, we're a playoff team," said Pleau. "I couldn't be prouder of these guys."

Jung, who may or may not be back as a 20-year-old, made 166 saves in the series.

"Coming into this team in late October, I am hearing things like 'Oh you guys don't have a chance.' " said Jung. "Guys around the league didn't expect us to come close, but all year we battled through adversity and won a lot of games we shouldn't have won and we hung in there with a lot of teams.

"There are a lot of positives we can take out of this series. (Calgary is) the No. 1 team in the CHL and we showed signs of competing with them."

Hitmen players acknowledged that, for them, this may have been the kind of wake-up call a powerhouse team needs in the first-round.

"I think getting up for these games (we thought going in) was going to be difficult," said Foucault. "But it wasn't with these guys."

"They work their butt off all the time," said Kozun.

"Their goalie has been outstanding. They've been a good test for us."


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